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Minnesota court declines to delay league’s deadline until July 6

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The NFL wanted to delay until July 6 its deadline for formally responding to the civil complaint in the Tom Brady antitrust lawsuit.  The league explained that, with the Eighth Circuit taking up the question of whether the lockout will be lifted on June 3, the ruling will impact the response to the specific allegations made when the case was filed.

The federal court in Minnesota disagreed.  According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, the response is now due on June 6, the Monday after the Eighth Circuit hearing.

So, essentially, the court didn’t buy the notion that the ruling will impact the league’s response.  And the court is right; the case will continue no matter what happens after June 3.  Once a ruling is issued by the Eighth Circuit, the league can filing new papers based on the outcome.

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7 Responses to “Minnesota court declines to delay league’s deadline until July 6”
  1. thephantomstranger says: May 23, 2011 5:48 PM

    Shocker that the NFL lost in the Minnesota federal court.

  2. nflfan101 says: May 23, 2011 6:34 PM

    Surprise, surprise, surprise! Not really. This isn’t even news.

    Care to guess how the court will ultimately rule on the Brady case? This judge doesn’t need evidence or testimony. It is plain to this judge that the NFL and owners are wrong. And she is not going to let facts or law get in her way to making that decision.

    I disagree with PTF in that the 8th circuit ruling probably will affect the NFL’s response and an extension in time to answer will not hurt the players at all.

    FACT: D. Smith walked out of CBA negotiations, decertified the union, had certain players file suit, and then did not attend at least one court ordered mediation session.

    Fans, players, and PFT employees that really want football need to tell D. Smith to get his butt into negotiations.

  3. ernieernie says: May 23, 2011 6:58 PM

    The dem mean machine is at work in Minneapolis. There is not way the judge will side with the non union NFL. Minnesota is entrenched with unions running the state; judges, politicians, everything. Its sickening.
    Fortunately Ohio, Wi, Mi have seen the light and are changing but Minnesota, never

  4. tinopuno says: May 23, 2011 7:00 PM

    @nflfan101

    Come on Roger! Get back to work and stop posting here on PFT. There are plenty of other NFL employees already doing that!

  5. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: May 23, 2011 7:08 PM

    The US Magistrate Judge’s order on the league’s motion for extension of time to file its answer to the players’ antitrust complaint seems fair. While June 13 would have split the difference between what the NFL and Brady plaintiffs wanted, the Brady plaintiffs did agree to two prior extensions, which does indeed weigh in favor of reducing the length of the latest extension. What’s interesting to me is that the Eller plaintiffs, unlike the Brady plaintiffs, stipulated (agreed) to the NFL’s July 6 extension request.

  6. nflfan101 says: May 23, 2011 9:05 PM

    tinopuno says: May 23, 2011 7:00 PM

    @nflfan101

    Come on Roger! Get back to work and stop posting here on PFT. There are plenty of other NFL employees already doing that!
    ——————————-

    D. I was wondering where you were at. We have been trying to negotiate, but we cannot negotiate by our self (even though we have tried). As a lawyer, you know that it takes both sides to talk to negotiate. And you have been hiding from us.

    How about doing the players a favor and talk with us, tell us what you really want other that the old CBA, and tell us what you don’t like about the 2 proposals that we have made.

    FACT: D. Smith walked out of CBA negotiations, decertified the union, had certain players file suit, and then did not attend at least one court ordered mediation session.

    If fans, players, and PFT employees really want football, then tell D. Smith to get his butt into negotiations.

  7. southmo says: May 24, 2011 10:33 AM

    All this means (besides some paralegals working late between June 3 and 6) is that no negotiations will happen after the 8th Circuit rules because the players will wait until June 6. And when the Minnesota court finds in favor of the players, the players will go back to the table and refuse to compromise on anything again.

    Kinda sad how easily this court mess could put us all right back where we started.

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