Yes, I have been reading articles about the lockout. Surely, some folks are uneasy with the process of getting clarity and equity in the affairs of the NFL.
One thing that must be emphasized is that the players are still accountable for their personal conduct during offseason. If violations occur, they are still subject to penalties or fines. So, the NFL players and our beloved Oakland Raiders are locked in to a code of ethics and behavior that must be adhered to.
Now, so much depends on the successful negotiations during this lockout. So, in anticipation of the outcome of the NFL lockout, some players are probably locked down with doubts and fears about the starting date of the season and other matters to be decided.
Since this lockout, it is still the responsibility of the professional athletes to continue to workout and to keep in shape in preparation for the 2011 season. Although many are young, let's hope that they stay the course and don't do anything that would jeopardize their mental and physical well-being.
In other words, don' t let anything interrupt their training and preparation.
Wow! I just heard on the news that the lockout will end tomorrow. The female judge has made a decision. Of course, appeals can probably be expected.
Here are some quotes from an 89-page report:
"The public interest does not favor The Lockout." She says her "final factor" is "consideration of public interest."
From Dan Kaplan
"This Court finds that the disclaimer is not a mere tactic because it results in serious consequences for the Players,"
"the offhand, anecdotal comments of individual players are inconclusive."
"ensuing delay would simply exacerbate the irreparable harm the Players are incurring every day the so-called 'lockout' continues."
"employees have the right not to be a union as much as they have the right to be or organize as a union."
"it is difficult to conceive of how or why an employer would "lockout" its employees when they are not part of a union."
You can read more on this link.
The ruling by Judge Susan Nelson is attached for your perusal.