SAINT PAUL, MN - APRIL 6: Former NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith leaves following a hearing at the U.S. Courthouse on April 6, 2011 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. NFL players have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL owners after labor talks between the two broke down last month. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Things are starting to happen in the ongoing labor dispute between the owners and players, albeit slowly. Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson heard each side's argument for and against the players' motion to lift the lockout. In the meantime, she's ordered the parties to return to mediation. What's going on?
In practice, this really doesn't mean much. It's exceedingly unlikely that the sides will figure anything out now that they were unable to before. We're going to have to wait at least until Judge Nelson rules on the TRO for anything significant to happen. So we won't know until at least May what's going to happen next.