Representatives from the NFL and a group of current and former players suing the league on antitrust grounds will take a significant break in mediation talks that were ordered nearly two weeks ago by a federal judge.
After meeting for four days at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis before federal mediator Arthur Boylan, the two sides won't meet again until May 16, according to NFL attorney Jeff Pash.
An NFL lockout is in its 40th day, with no immediate signs that the two sides are any closer to resolving their longstanding dispute. Federal judge Susan Nelson is expected to rule soon on an injunction request from the players that the lockout be lifted. After a hearing in St. Paul on April 6, Nelson said she would need "a couple of weeks" to rule on the injunction.
Whichever way Nelson rules, the decision is likely to be appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. A ruling from the appeals court likely wouldn't be made for about two months.
The lockout represents the NFL's first work stoppage since a players strike early in the 1987 regular season.