Judge Unlocks NFL; What’s Next?

In a clear victory for the players, a federal court judge has ruled that the NFL’s lockout should be immediately lifted.

That much is clear. What happens next remains very muddled.  The NFL has said it will not re-open for business with the players on Tuesday. They will not re-open until they get their day in court.

Judge Susan Nelson granted the players an injunction lifting the lockout. Plus, she decided she would not grant a stay in the decision, forcing the NFL to immediately seek a stay of her order from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We will promptly seek a stay from Judge Nelson pending an expedited appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals,” the league said in a statement.  “We believe that federal law bars injunctions in labor disputes.  We are confident that the Eighth Circuit will agree.  But we also believe that this dispute will inevitably end with a collective bargaining agreement, which would be in the best interests of players, clubs and fans.  We can reach a fair agreement only if we continue negotiations toward that goal.”

If the Eighth Circuit does not grant at least a stay of the injunction order from Judge Nelson, then the league would be open for business. If the league gets a stay of her order, then the lock would go back on the NFL doors and there would be no immediate return to football.

One Response to “Judge Unlocks NFL; What’s Next?”

  • April 25, 2011  - el cid says:

    Nice to see the lawyers will get extra with appeals. Otherwise, does it really matter?

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