It may be time for new labor strategy

After last week's decision in NFL's favor, Smith and players need to re-evaluate plan

Updated: May 24, 2011, 4:18 PM ET
By Andrew Brandt | Special to ESPN.com

Although we have not yet reached the June 3 appeal hearing, I am hearing questions of "What do we do next?" starting to ripple through NFL players. Last week, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to keep the lockout intact and -- barring a surprise decision on appeal -- showed its hand on the next ruling. Assuming the ruling on appeal tracks the ruling last week -- which is more likely than not -- the lockout will continue indefinitely.

Since the ruling, I have heard from more ...

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