It appears we’re going to be in labor purgatory for at least another day, with the lockout kinda-sorta over, but not really.
The Associated Press reports that Judge Susan Nelson has given NFL players until 9 a.m. CT Wednesday to respond to the league’s motion for a stay of her ruling. The stay would put the lifting of the lockout on hold pending appeal.
Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal writes that many thought Nelson would immediately “cast aside” the stay and the league would have to appeal elsewhere. Instead, it looks like we won’t get an answer from Nelson until Wednesday.
In the meantime, players can continue to awkwardly show up to team facilities, even if they aren’t allowed to work out.
All of the drama comes, of course, with the draft only two days away. The timing seemingly couldn’t be much worse for the league.