NEW YORK -- In the middle of the second round of the NFL Draft, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals announced they'd granted the NFL's motion for a stay. Yes, that means the lockout is back on.
Interestingly, however, the Order -- a copy of which CBSSports.com has obtained -- announcing the return of the lockout also contains a dissenting judge; one of the judges did not believe that the the clubs' situations are ones that "truly qualify as emergencies."
Additionally, the judge refuted the claim of the NFL that their operations are a "complex process that requires time to coordinate." That claim, the judge wrote in the Order, "is severely undermined by the fact that the NFL had, within a day of the district court's order ... already planned post-injunction operations."
This dissenting judge is especially notable because, while the lockout may be "on" once again, the NFL didn't get the clean sweep from the Appellate Court that many folks believed they would.
It appears, as of this writing, that the fans present at the Draft haven't received word about the return of the lockout -- the booing hasn't reached the vitriolic proportions of the first round.
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