Every day that goes by with the labor situation in the legal process moves us a step closer to a shortened season or even the unthinkable of a missed season. Why the combatants are investing in lawsuits rather than the bargaining table is a stupid decision on both sides. The only victory that the players can garner with the legal process is in the court of public opinion - and I think they have already accomplished that. So as of today - the players have virtually nothing to gain in the courts. The reasons they cannot win are as follows:
So what needs to happen? - the players have to signal that they are committed to the process and tell the owners that they are ending litigation to return to the table. Why the players? While the decertification of the union was an effective ploy to swing public opinion, and may eventually end the formal lockout, it was a bad move in the bargaining process. By eliminating the union, they have eliminated the body that held the rights to collectively negotiate with the owners. You can say it is a trade assocation - but the fact is that a trade association has no rights to collectively bargain. So Peyton, Tom - drop the lawsuits and say we will get this done.
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