But is the money Doty can possibly give (around 700 million to the entire players association which is a ton of players right now rather than the original award of around 7 million) that much of a help to the players? You are talking about 500K per player max. That might keep the low scale guys on board a bit longer but is going to do nothing for the midwage earners that make over the minimum and have not been careful with their money. Plus by the time the NFL appeals that decision and a final verdict comes down its going to be quite some time before the players see any money at all.
Point taken RE: the appeal. It obviously wouldn't be enough to keep them out indefinitely, but I'd worry that some guys would it'd create fissures within the union, though I suppose that's bound to happen anyway. Part of the reason I think the injunction is best for the fans is that it doesn't even give the players a chance to drag things out with a bunch of internal dissension.