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New Orleans Saints: Antitrust Hearing Set For April

By Editorial Staff
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In short, the players believe they are in a good position to get a favorable ruling and an injunction against a lockout.  Once the owners are unable to lock out the players, it would be up to the owners then to put in place a series of rules regarding free agency.

That system is expected to be similar to what the NFL has done with free agency since 1993, such as players being free agents after four, five or six years.

That will mean veteran players such as Roman Harper, David Thomas and Johnathan Goodwin will be eligible for free agency the same way as if a new CBA deal had been struck. The legal fight will continue however, but it would be very unlikely to stop the start of free agency.

In other words, you can eventually breathe easy.

At least in the short-term.

As a Saints fan and a NFL football fan in general, this would be a devastating blow to the NFL’s economy not to mention to the local economy of the cities where these franchises are located.

The revenue they would lose and the fan base that they have built through out the years will never look at this game the same. Just look at MLB , it has never recovered from the work stoppage, it will be the same thing that will happen with the NFL.  It’s time for the Owners to realize that.

An April 6 hearing date has been set in the federal antitrust lawsuit filed by players against the NFL. The hearing is scheduled to be in front of U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in Minnesota.

The case first went to Judge Richard Kyle, who recused himself for unspecified reasons. It was reassigned to Judge Patrick Schiltz. On Monday, Schiltz cited a conflict of interest because he represented the NFL in several cases as a private practice attorney. The case then went to Nelson.

The case may still be reassigned. The players want the case before Judge David Doty, who has overseen NFL labor matters since the early 1990s.

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