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“Lockout insurance” case keeps rolling


As the new antitrust case against the NFL begins to percolate before Judge Susan Nelson, the old antitrust case still lingers before Judge David Doty.

The Associated Press reports that the NFL filed on Wednesday a written response to the NFLPA*'s request to make public pages and pages and pages of documents in the “lockout insurance” case.

Given the manner in which the players have used the March 1 ruling in the dispute as both as P.R. tool and a rallying cry, the NFLPA* surely wants those documents to be made public so that more mileage can be made out of the reality that the NFL, under the guise of maximizing TV revenue to be shared with the players, cut a deal for $4.3 billion to be paid during a lockout, while the players get nothing and like it.

Ultimately, Judge Doty must decide the remedy for the league’s violation of the expired labor deal, resulting from the lining up of the “lockout insurance.” It’s widely expected that, regardless of how it all shakes out, the NFL won’t have the use of that money.

Doty also still has on his docket a collusion claim arising from the allegedly concerted failure of teams to not sign restricted free agents in 2010.