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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: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

Dont look for free agency to get crazy with no agreement who is going to sign players? 
I think I read somewhere that if the Lockout is lifted without an agreement they have to revert back to the last agreement which means abotu a 100 or so guys who thought they were going to be free agents will not be free agents.
Does anybody remember when the original agreement ran out?  The one the Owners opted out of that is.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

The government has no business getting involved in this.
The government actually agrees with you.  Judge Nelson implored both sides from the start to try and work it out on their own.  When they seemed disinclined, she even forced the mediation attempt in the hopes of getting it resolved.  Even the President has gone out of his way to go on record saying that congress and the federal govt. won't touch the whole thing with a fourty foot dung fork (he told them they are 'on their own').  Unfortunately, both sides seem to want to drag it through the court system, so all the judges can do besides yell at them is to hear the case, rule on it when it comes up in their case-order, and let it play through.

Ultimately, this decision won't mean a lot to the owners, unless the appeals court also rules against them (which is much less likely, due to their pro-business history).  The players would have temporary leverage from now until the appeal is ruled on... but it's doubtful that the owners will be willing to negotiate in the meantime, and let them actually take advantage of that leverage.  Final outcome:  this just means there might be free agency, and that nobody will approach a negotiating table at least until the appeal process is finished.



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

And Thermal, the 18 game season isn't the sticking point. Owners have all but conceded that, and agreed to stick with the 16. It's the money split that is holding them up.



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

Wrong, Sports_Dawg... This hurts the chances of football in 2011. The owners WILL get granted a stay, whether they win their appeal or not.  The owners aren't the ones who need this money, so they're more likely to stand firm, despite the ruling against them. That means, as this is going through the court systems, there will likely be NO negotiations, because players have "won" while owners don't accept that they've lost, and don't need the instant fix.



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

Good ruling by judge nelson to lift the NFL lockout hope the owners get denied on the appeals!!!!!!!!!! Finally some nfl business can be done but they still got to get the deal done. Hopefully the owners come to their senses, they already make the most money all they got to do is not have 18 game season, they already got the rookie wage changed. They just got a few minor details to work thats all!!!!





Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:23 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. As soon as the players come to their senses and accept the fact they are EMPLOYEES and not OWNERS and be greatful they make as much as they do we will get back to normal. CBS needs to install an idiot filter so we can keep hee haw hillbillies like co.kane out of the comments.



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

Hip-hip hooray for Judge Nelson!  Like he would ever rule in favor of a bunch of greedy owners.  They have zero chance to win an appeal.  One step closer to football in 2011 and just in time for the draft!



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

Terrible ruling! The government has no business getting involved in this. The owners should have a say on how they run their business as they sign the check. I wonder if the owners would have the cohonas to decertify the league and start a new one? Since the 8th Circuit appeals is more conservative there is a chance that the ruling will get over turned. sad sad day.



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

Is the Minnesota legal system really this big of a dumpster fire?



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Nelson rules in favor of players, lifts lockout

So what changed?  How is it Judge Nelson decided today, five days after both sides last met at a bargaining table, was the day to lift the lockout?  Could it be that other mid-level players were trying to get a seat at the bargaining table to find out what was really going on?  What actually happens with the lockout lifted?

Coaches and players can meet.  Free agency could begin but that requires both sides to be willing to sign contracts which isn't very likely to happen.
Mike Vrabel was quoted last week as saying "everyone has a seat at the negotiating table."  He followed that up with this little nugget-- "If they're unhappy, then we should get together and elect a new executive board."  Wouldn't electing a new executive board be the same as saying the players are unhappy with how the Players' Association is handling things?  Do Vrabel and the other big names on the antitrust lawsuit really want every player in the former union to vote their conscience right now?  I highly doubt the big names at the negotiation table want the mid-range players to voice their opinions about DeMaurice Smith right now.


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