Random Ramsdom, 5/12: Back to court for the NFL today

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The 8th Circuit Court still hasn't ruled on whether or not to grant a stay during the NFL's appeal of a lower court's order to lift the lockout. That could happen today...or not. Back in Minnesota, the NFL and players make an appearance in the familiar confines of Judge David Doty's court room, for a hearing that could dramatically change the lockout landscape.

Back to court today...Doty's court
The NFL has a court date this morning, with Judge David Doty in Minneapolis. At 8 a.m. this morning Doty hears the players' case for damages in the NFL's television contracts dispute, i.e. the lockout insurance that gave the owners $4 billion in guaranteed revenue despite a lockout. Doty has already ruled that the TV deal violated the expired CBA. Now, the players are asking for close to $1 billion in damages. This could be a big game changer if the players win, giving them some real leverage at the bargaining table. Court-ordered mediation, you'll recall, resumes next week on May 16.

Non-legal links...

Another look at the Rams' draft results
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2012 Draft Strategy
NCRam 55 takes another look at the what the Rams 2012 draft strategy should be. Cross check his thinking with 3k's 2012 mock from yesterday.

Rams S Jonathan Nelson bypasses fellow Sooner
Oklahoma S Jonathan Nelson, one of the Rams seventh-round picks, did make a call to his former OU teammate Sam Bradford...but it was only to get James Laurinaitis' phone number in order to start getting acquainted with him. 

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