[Ed. Note - Dave] Thanks to KD for kicking this series off. I'm sure it will be fodder for much conversation. And the extent that KD went to on the answers, especially looking up a lot of that CBA crap, should be commended. Kudos KD. I jumped in with a couple of answers, but all credit goes to KD. [End Note]
We're kicking off the inaugural edition of Ask BTB, where we field questions from our members and site lurkers in the interest of keeping all of us better informed. I'm excited to bring this new series for several reasons. One, I love to give my opinions and two, I love the BTB community. You guys constantly challenge us to think outside the box and be unique in our coverage. I'll be pulling in our esteemed panel of experts whenever possible, and as this evolves I envision being able to provide you with panel discussions on some of the hotter topics. As this is the first edition, I will set some ground rules.
I know some readers are meat and potatoes only. By that I mean, you don't want anything but pure football news, straight-up and straight-forward. When we are covering news subjects and events, you will definitely get that, unequivocally. But here with Ask BTB (and with the community exercises as I'm sure you noted), I'm going to be taken a bit more lighthearted approach. Serious questions will get serious answers, obviously, but we will also keep the mood pretty upbeat.
I will try my best to respond to everyone's submitted question, even if it doesn't make it into the column. That might be a bit of a pipe dream, as I was highly impressed and surprised at the number of submissions we received after the announcement post. I shouldn't be shocked, as you guys love to talk football. Keep the questions coming as always, we appreciate all that YOU do for the BTB community.
Our first question comes from scotscowboysfan:
My questions are as follows,when does the (lockout) legal process begin? How does this affect our Cowboys going forward?
Follow the jump for the response and a few more questions.My man Davie! Thanks for being the first to submit a question.
As you may be aware, the legal process really begins April 6th, when the 8th US District Court will begin listening to the arguments from each side. There is talk that Judge David Doty will not hear the case, and currently that is correct. However, once April 6th hits, either side can try and relate their current case to a previous ruling, which the players are probably going to do. Once that is done, the case could go back to Doty's docket.
The crux of the argument is that the players feel that the NFL operates as a monopoly and restricts their rights to market their services to the highest bidder. The ruling could do anything from forcing the league to keep games scheduled under the uncapped year or back to the negotiation table. The court case could proceed while the games are being played, so a resolution to get the games back (what the fans want) could coincide with a ruling that changes the landscape of professional football moving forward.
The Cowboys are affected just like every other team. They are not allowed to have any interaction with the players. Fortunately, we've seen the reports that Dallas did a good job getting the defensive players familiar with the system of new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Tony Romo is completely healthy, and has said he will host workouts for players. The extent of which isn't known, and a comparison to the work other teams are putting in is a variable as well. The issue of when free agency can begin impacts all teams equally, as normal off season strategies go out the window if free agency won't start until after the draft. Where as teams would formally draft to plug holes not filled with veterans, the reverse will now be the protocol.
One important note. The last time that there was a work stoppage (1987), the team that was most renown for staying together during the stoppage and going all out? The Washington Redskins. They ended up winning the SuperBowl that year. I'm not saying, I'm just saying.