Manning, Brady No-Shows at NFL Hearing

by Greg Pollowitz

Fox Sports:

Two of 10 players suing the NFL had valid reasons for skipping Wednesday’s preliminary hearing before a federal district court judge.

Neither one is named Tom Brady nor Peyton Manning.

The quarterbacks weren’t in St. Paul as their attorneys lobbied for legal action that would force the NFL to lift its lockout. In attendance were five of the 10 plaintiffs from Brady v. the NFL.

As in Tom Brady.

Think about that. The guy who lent his name to the class-action lawsuit didn’t bother to personally provide support for a request that would give players a major boost in their legal fight against the league.

If the lockout is ordered to end — which seems plausible considering Judge Susan Nelson’s statements from the bench and Wednesday’s lengthy grilling of high-profile defense attorney Davis Boies — the NFL must resume operations that include offseason programs, free agency and player trades.

Such a ruling also might prompt the league to make more concessions in a new collective bargaining agreement.

Brady’s no-show is as mind-boggling as the reason for this whole legal mess: the NFL and NFL Players Association’s inability to split multibillions in revenue at a time when the league has never been more prosperous.

What a minute. Boies is the lawyer for the players? Too bad the NFL doesn’t hire James Baker. Rematch!