The federal appeals court ruling favoring NFL owners keeps the lockout in place -- possibly well past the court battle scheduled for June 3.
The broader question: Could the shift facilitate a new labor agreement in the interim?
These labor skirmishes are often best viewed from a distance. Otherwise there's a tendency even for those with legal backgrounds to overreact.
But with the federal court at least seeming to favor owners in a hearing scheduled for June 3, it is at least conceivable that players could have more incentive to strike a deal. NFC West teams would be big winners under such a scenario as they seek stability amid an offseason packed with staff and quarterback changes.
A separate ruling affecting $4 billion in broadcast revenue could also prove influential, although a victory for the players at the district level could send the case directly to the appeals court where owners scored their victory Monday, as legal analyst Michael McCann notes.