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Report: Ruling from Judge Nelson expected on Monday

Roger goodell, Jerry Jones, Jerry Richardson, Pat Bowlen, Mark Murphy, Jeff Pash, Bob Batterman

From left; NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Denver Broncos owner, Pat Bowlen, NFL attorney Bob Battermn, Green Bay Packers owner Mark Murphy, and lead negotiator Jeff Pash, cross a street to the federal courthouse Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in Minneapolis where the NFL and its locked-out football players continue court-ordered mediation. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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With mediation over for nearly a month, the next labor domino to fall should be a ruling from Judge Susan Nelson on the pending motion to lift the lockout.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News reports we won’t have to wait much longer. Myers hears that a ruling is expected Monday, just three days before the first round of the NFL Draft.

“The players are the heavy favorites to win this round,” Myers writes.

A ruling in favor of the players wouldn’t simply re-open the NFL for business again. A stay on the ruling is expected pending appeal, which will take another indefinite amount of time to settle.

We’re reminded here of what Florio has said more than a few times during this process. No one really knows what’s going to happen next; it’s all just guesswork.

Still, we are pretty sure that fans will have to continue to deal with this ridiculous legal wrangling over a work stoppage without real justification for a while longer.