Posted by Will Brinson
The NFL-loving world waits on this Monday for news from Judge Susan Nelson as to whether or not the lockout will be lifted. While we wait on that ruling, though, CBSSports.com has learned that the two parties in Brady v. NFL have agreed to a second stipulation to extend the time in which the NFL (and therefore any subsequent defendants in the case) has to answer the plaintiffs' complaint.
This stipulation extends the time answer thru May 23, 2011.
However, that does not mean we won't get a Order from Judge Nelson this afternoon on the "lockout ruling" -- in fact, we still could.
What this does mean is that Judge Nelson is significantly more likely to issue a stay against the beginning of the NFL's season, which means it's unlikely that free agency, etc., will begin before the draft.
The timing of this sort of thing is never coincidental -- a few weeks ago, we also reported a stipulation that extended the time to answer thru April 27, 2011. As we said then, it was likely Judge Nelson would issue a ruling before that date, and it appears that's exactly what will happen now.
The May 23 date, in all likelihood, is designed to give at least a one-month stay in the time with which the NFL can appeal the ruling (or, should Judge Nelson rule in favor of the league, a time in which the players can appeal).
Having a finalized outcome relating to the "Lockout Ruling" is critical to the progress of this case, and therefore necessary before the defendants can proceed with their answer.
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