The owners and players are scheduled to again meet for court-ordered mediation beginning this coming week in Minnesota. To say this will be a dog and pony show is an insult to dogs and ponies.
Neither side believes in it. Neither side wants to do it. No one among the ownership or players thinks it will produce anything other than billable hours and frequent-traveler miles.
Privately, officials from both sides are saying this is a prototypical case of going through the court-ordered motions, just as both sides did during mediation in Washington, and as they did during the first round of mediation in Minnesota.