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NFL: Clubs to 'continue to follow current rules'

Posted on: April 28, 2011 8:14 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:31 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

When one of the weirdest days in NFL history dawned Thursday morning, it seemed like the NFL might have to begin the league year. But the league told its clubs to keep on keeping on with the current -- read: lockout -- set of rules until otherwise notified.

It was presumed that the NFL might cave and open up in order to avoid any potential contempt of court or collusion charges from the players, but they're going to roll with the status quo for now.

"Clubs were notified last night they should continue to follow the current rules and practices until otherwise advised by our office," Aiello said, per Albert Breer of the NFL Network .

This puts the NFL in a curious position. Their plan is to wait for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on Judge Nelson's lockout lifting, which might work out fine for them ... if the Court of Appeals agrees with the NFL. (Many people, myself included, believe they will.)

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If the Eighth Circuit doesn't agree with the NFL, then they will face some potentially disastrous charges -- collusion, contempt of court? -- in relation to the Brady v. NFL antitrust case.

In the meantime, however, it probably means that you will not see any free agent signings. And you will not see any trades of players on draft day. And you will not see any signings of unrestricted free agents.

Unless some owner decides to go rogue anyway .

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Comments

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:35 am
 

NFL: Clubs to 'continue to follow current rules'

Dumbeinstien,
This is arguably the dumbest post i have ever seen, but it fits your name.
Where have you seen the players want to elminate the draft?

open up the game to complete free agency?
And elminate salary caps?


Keep on being dumb.




Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:24 am
 

NFL: Clubs to 'continue to follow current rules'

Very simple.  If the owners insist on continuing their lockout in defiance of a federal judge, then they certainly can't act as if the the draft will be valid - can't have it both ways greedy freak owners.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:20 am
 

NFL: Clubs to 'continue to follow current rules'

I HOPE THEY LOCK OUT THOSE WINERS, NO FOOTBALL IN 11 IS A GOOD LESSON FOR THE UNION AND PLAYERS. desmith<dog poo




Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:17 am
 

NFL: Clubs to 'continue to follow current rules'

I hope the 8th circut agrees...becuase Judge Nelson is wrong. Anyone that sides with the players is very short sited. I don't think football in 2011 is more important than the way its played for the next 20 years. The players want to eliminate the draft, open the game to complete free agency other than contracts & eliminate team salary caps. The result would mean that all the best players would migrate too the biggest markets because they would get bigger contracts & much bigger endorsements. The result would be that cities like New York & Dallas would gain all the major tallent. National competition would disappear. So, tell me again how the players care about the fans again? They are being greedy & thier motives will alter what most people like about football. Simple as that.



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:05 am
 

NFL: Clubs to 'continue to follow current rules'

even billionaires can be beat!!!



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:42 am
 

NFL: Clubs to 'continue to follow current rules'

I can't relate to either side but have found the lockout highly enjoyable.  It doesn't get much better than watching somebody pick a fight and then get their butt kicked.  It'll be interesting if the owners can reverse things and get up off the ground or will have to scream "uncle".




Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:38 am
 

NFL: Clubs to 'continue to follow current rules'

....Of mice and men....



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:11 am
 

uh....

Hey owners, great planning.


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