ST. LOUIS (CBS) — A new hearing is set for Friday in the ongoing NFL labor dispute, and it could help determine whether there will be football this coming season at all.

At the hearing before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, attorneys for team owners are set to present arguments in favor of reversing an injunction that would stop the players’ lockout, the New York Times reported.

The newspaper reports the hearing may offer some clarity in the complex dispute. If the court rules the lockout can continue, players will be left with the choice of either backing down in their antitrust case, or giving up paychecks as of September and maybe even the entire coming season, the newspaper reported.

But the court could also rule in favor of the players, and call for negotiations to begin for a new deal, the newspaper pointed out.

Optimism has not reigned lately when it comes to whether there will be a 2011 season.

Former NFL player and current analyst Cris Collinsworth has gone so far as to accept another job offer.

He’ll be the receivers coach for his son Jac’s Highlands High School football team because as he says in his blog, “…the NFL will probably miss at least half of their season…”