Adam Caplan from FoxSports.com has an excellent update on a judges ruling that will prohibit NFL owners from taking TV money in the event of a work-stoppage.
U.S. District Court Judge David Doty overruled special master Stephen Burbank’s recent ruling that the owners could use the $4 billion in television money they had stashed away as a potential work-stoppage fund should the collective bargaining agreement expire midnight (ET) Thursday .
In essence, Doty ruled the NFL violated the CBA and called for a separate hearing to assess the damages that should be awarded to the players.
The NFL released this statement:
“As we have frequently said, our clubs are prepared for any contingency, this decision included. Today’s ruling will have no effect on our efforts to negotiate a new, balanced labor agreement.”
This move levels the playing field a bit and hopefully moves the scales in the direction of getting a deal done.
Here is a discussion topic about this from our NFL Forum.