That is when the courts will hear the latest - and perhaps final - appeal in this expedited process to legalize the owner's decision to lock out the players.
Should the 3-judge panel uphold the temporary stay on the lockout, it would seem the players would have no recourse but to return to bargaining table, this time with severely marginalized leverage.
If the panel decides to lift the stay on the injunction filed by the players, teams would have to open their doors in earnest to the players. It is not clear whether there will be restrictions on player movement, or if teams will hold workouts such as OTAs and mini camps.
It has been clear from the beginning the U.S. Justice system did not want to hear this case or any of its subsequent briefs. Many legal experts - including attorneys and advisors for both the teams and the players - believe this should be settled through collective bargaining.
Let's hope the stay is lifted. We need to get this out of the courts. That is, if there are no further appeals to be made....