Judge Doty decides to delay ruling on “lockout insurance” case

Maybe the NFL won’t be insisting on the removal of Judge David Doty from the CBA process, after all.

With the players’ union clamoring for a ruling on the so-called “lockout insurance” case in order to obtain some/any leverage against the league, Judge Doty won’t be making a decision in the near future.

James Walsh of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Judge Doty expressed concern about putting his thumb on the scales of the ongoing negotiations with a ruling that would give one side or the other extra leverage.

The ruling is a setback for the NFLPA, but the league should still be concerned about the possibility that Doty eventually will rule in favor of the union, if a lockout is imposed.

The labor deal expires at 12:01 a.m. ET on March 4.  The two sides will resume mediated negotiations on March 1.

UPDATE:  Though the Star-Tribune article creates the unmistakable impression that Judge Doty opted to defer a decision because he doesn’t want to influence the labor negotiations, other accounts create no such impression.  The account, for example, from Jay Weiner of SportsBusiness Journal does not indicate an intention by Judge Doty to delay a ruling.  Thus, a decision still could come by next week, before the expiration of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

6 responses to “Judge Doty decides to delay ruling on “lockout insurance” case

  1. The players are screwed regardless and everyone knows it. They will be the 1st ones to cave. They have zero leverage.

  2. Remember the owners have reiterated many times this insurance is merely a LOAN which if used will have to be paid back with interest for any monies lost by the networks or sponsors…basically a home equity loan.

  3. This whole baloney about the seven days of negotiations from the Owners was strictly to get Doty to not rule on the network money. It worked.
    Of course, Godell and the other “paid” employees of the owners made their bucks by being there. What a sham, but it worked.
    BTW, no Owners were at any of the discussions.

  4. The owners are probably afraid that the union will take their next case to the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, where it will be heard by a judge that will be infinitely more biased in favor of the players than Doty has supposedly been.

    And hey, ever since Creedence Clearwater Revival came out with that record when I was 10 years old, I’ve always seen a bad moon a-risin’. So here’s my “bad moon” scenario:

    There is a lockout – whereupon the union does file an antitrust suit against the NFL in the Ninth Circuit. The players will win a total victory – and both the salary cap and the draft will be outlawed.

    Then, deathly afraid of the kind of point-shaving scandal that almost destroyed college basketball in the early 1950s, the NFL goes to a European soccer-style alignment, with a 16-team “A League” and a 16-team “B League,” complete with a promotion/relegation format whereby the worst teams from the A League get relegated to the B League each year, to be replaced by the highest finishers from the B League (of course the two leagues will not carry these names for public consumption; and only the A League teams will be eligible to compete in the Super Bowl).

    Otherwise there will be 30-point favorites in NFL games on a weekly basis, with neither a salary cap nor a draft to maintain any kind of competitive balance.

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