INDIANAPOLIS - Armed with a key victory in the courts, NFL owners will gather Monday for their annual spring meetings.
Usually, it's a time for discussing Super Bowl sites and rules changes. This year, the 32 owners primarily will talk strategy for this summer as the labor impasse goes through court proceedings.
They might even gloat a bit after obtaining a permanent stay of an injunction blocking the lockout of the players that began March 12. The labor situation remains something of a stalemate, locked in the courts until the league's full appeal of that injunction is heard June 3. But the 2-1 ruling on the stay contained strong language indicating the NFL will win its appeal.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says owners will be filled in on "all aspects of the labor situation and various business reports."