Colts center Jeff Saturday joined NFL Network host Rich Eisen for a lengthy and thoughtful interview on NFL Total Access that has aired over the last two nights.
(We recommend checking out the whole thing here.)
The interview was so reasonable, we were reminded again that the essential reasons for the lockout are unreasonable from a fan’s perspective.
The players and owners will ultimately settle this business negotiation. It will likely have similar terms to the ones that both sides could come up with now, if they weren’t so interested in exercising every bit of leverage first. For now, that means we are waiting for the upcoming antitrust lawsuit to move forward on April 6.
Eisen asked Saturday when he thinks this will all end.
“My opinion on this thing is, and obviously my hope, is that we win in April. And if we win in April but the owners say, ‘Ok look, we lost the TV case, we lost this case, let’s get a settlement going, let’s get whatever we’ve got to do to get a product back and get something settled.’ Or if they appeal it and it goes, as you said, on appeal, at least in July you get to that point,” Saturday replied.
At that point, Eisen asked if Saturday thought appeals would be exhausted by July, sending players back to work.
“When we had outside counsel come in and give us kind of how the courts in Minnesota and how it kind of works out, they projected the latest in that July, maybe early August-type date,” Saturday said. “So when we’re making our decision, we based our decision on that type of timing . . . So I would not foresee this going past that point.”
As Florio has pointed out a number of times, no one really knows what the results of the case will be or how the timing will work. These are just best guesses and believing in any concrete timeline could be dangerous.
For the sake of NFL fans, we hope the projections that Saturday received wind up being correct.