The lockout has been lifted, but will it stay that way?. On Monday, Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled in favor of the players by granting them an injunction to lift the lockout after 45 days. While the general consensus was Nelson would side with the players, she was also expected to grant a stay of the lockout, but did not. With no stay granted, the league filed an appeal of Nelson’s decision to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis and would like it handled by June, as they feel Nelson exceeded her jurisdiction. The league also filed a motion with Nelson for a stay, and she has given the players’ side until 9am central time on Wednesday to respond. In the meantime, the league held a conference call with all 32 teams on Monday night to determine how to handle players reporting for work on Tuesday morning. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told NFL Network’s Albert Breer that players would be allowed into team facilities if they showed up on Tuesday morning and would “be treated courteously and with respect.” With players looking to earn their workout bonus, some agents have told their clients to report to [...]
Courtroom football will begin in just a day, so some of the media focus on the draft will shift back to the lockout situation this week. While we do not expect to have an immediate ruling, the start of this hearing will at least bring us closer to having some sort of resolution with the hope it brings us football sooner than later.
We're not talking about two yutes, but the two suits filed against the NFL were combined and will be heard on Wednesday.
Active, retired players have suits combined … by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson. This means that the scheduled hearing for Wednesday will include arguments not only for the attorneys representing the current players, like Tom Brady, but also for the retirees, who filed a lawsuit against the league because the lockout could jeopardize their benefits. The league didn’t oppose combining the cases, but still wants the lockout to continue. With the suits melded, Panther owner Jerry Richardson and Packer president Mark Murphy wrote a letter to the retirees detailing the offer made to the NFLPA. Judge Nelson could rule from the bench on Wednesday to lift the lockout, or the proceedings could go [...]