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Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:54 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 6:01 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

The much-awaited ruling from Federal Judge Susan Nelson in the Brady v NFL case finally came in late Monday. As expected, Nelson ruled in favor of the players. Nelson is lifting the lockout.

The owners were seeking an immediate stay, but NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that Nelson declined. Thus, the owners will seek a stay from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in St. Louis. If they don't get the appeal granted, free agency could begin soon.  

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

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Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

Does anybody remember when the original agreement ran out?  The one the Owners opted out of that is.
In 2006 they extended the 1993 agreement to run until 2012, or one more season.  But the NFLPA and NFL both had the option to terminate one or two years early.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

Perhaps the government should be there to look out for the citizens that pay into this $9 billion corportation.
I sure hope not.  I love football, but nobody's forcing me to "pay into this $9 billion corporation".  I'm free to do something else with my discretionary income, and, in my opinion, the legislative branch has no business getting involved.  They're not "looking out for me" in any way by getting involved - and I think the only possible action they could take would be to grant the NFL an anti-trust exemption similar to MLB, which is something I don't ever see happening.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

Co.kane your an idiot how is it a monopoly their are lots of sports that compete with football and the only reason the other football leagues have failed is because we don't watch them.
Co.kane must be thinking of actual law instead of relying on hysterics.  Law, like the 1986 court case that ruled that the NFL did violate U.S. Anti-Trust laws by acting as a monopoly.  Nothing's changed since then, has it?



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

"Perhaps the government should be there to look out for the citizens that pay into this $9 billion corportation."

nah. the Government just wants to make sure EVERY NFL participant, be they fan, player or owner...pays their taxes.




Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

I hate to burst your "football is almost here" euphoria, guys, but this is probably not a good sign for football coming any time soon. In fact, this may even force the Draft to a screeching halt. I don't have the rule in front of me and I'm not a lawyer, but the reason that this lifts the lockout seems to be because, in the absence of a player union, each team must function as an individual entity. The salary cap, the franchise and transition tags, restricted free agency, maybe even the draft itselt could all be illegal under federal law, since Judge Nelson ruled that federal antitrust law applies if a sports union decertifies (other than MLB which has a specific antitrust exemption written into the original law). Essentially, any two or more owners that come together and design a rule or system that limits what a player can earn on the open market in any way, either through a formal rule or under the table dealing, is now illegal. The players don't have to negotiate any more. This is a game changer for how sports labor negotiations happen. You wanted armageddon? Here it is.

Of course the NFL can't allow this to stand and will instead continue the battle to the Circuit Court. After that, the appeal goes to the Supreme Court. In both courts, a majority of the judges / justices were appointed by Republicans, suggesting a much less labor-friendly result is likely in the end. Which, given the speed of our legal system, could be enough to jeopardize the season.



Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

The appeals court and the Supreme Court are both more conservative courts so they are much more likely to rule in favor of the owners.  The Supreme Court in particular is much more conservative and would very likely favor the owners.  But if it gets that far down the road in the legal system, then we are going to miss games because it may take months before those courts even hear the case.

I agree that the players and the owners need to come to an agreement on their own without government intervention.  That is the best case scenario, but thus far they have failed to do so and have both been greedy babies in the process.  I consistently hear that sports and the NFL are businesses.  The NFL is a $9 billion business.  Government does have a certain amount of control of business, so I'm not so sure that they shouldn't get involved at this point.  Both sides have failed at this point.  These billions of dollars are coming from every person that watches the games or goes to the games.  Perhaps the government should be there to look out for the citizens that pay into this $9 billion corportation.




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