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Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 1:05 pm

Players request Judge Nelson orders start to year

Posted by Will Brinson

The chaos that erupted after Judge Susan Nelson ruled to lift the lockout on Monday somehow managed to escalate Tuesday, when Judge Nelson declined to rule immediately on a Motion to Stay filed by the owners, and some players began showing up at team facilities.

Things got ratcheted up a bit more on Tuesday, when the attorneys for the players filed a letter to Judge Nelson and a corresponding Order asking for clarification on her ruling yesterday.

CBSSports.com has obtained a copy of the letter, which is written from Barbara Berens to Judge Nelson, copies all counsel of record, and asks her to clarify the language relating to Federal Civil Rule 6(d)(1)(c), which states that the "Contents and scope of every injunction and restraining order ... [shall] ... describe in reasonable detail — and not by referring to the complaint or other document — the act or acts restrained or required."

Or, in layman's terms: "Now that the lockout's lifted, how do the two sides specifically proceed about their business?"

As we noted, she ruled that "the 'lockout' is enjoined" -- now the players' want Judge Nelson to clarify that by such a statement, she did in fact mean for the "league year" to begin.
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The NFL, per their statement, is currently waiting on the "dust to settle," and/or Judge Nelson to rule on their request for a stay. However, per the NFLPA's request and the Order they're filing along with the letter, the NFL, et al, has until 5:00 PM CST to respond to the request for clarification.

Which means chaos will likely run its course until Wednesday afternoon. Depending on how Judge Nelson rules on those issues, things could get even more bizarre in the hours before the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday.

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Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 6:56 pm

NFL has free agent quandary with lockout lifted

Posted by Will Brinson

As you may have heard, the NFL lockout has been lifted. Now, hell breaks loose in terms of free agency in the NFL. Well, it will soon anyway -- once the NFL imposes a set of rules (presumably, the ones from 2010) in which the offseason should operate. Don't expect that to happen until after the NFL has maxed out its appeal/stay options. 

The problem that presents itself for the owners is that they're in a bit of a catch-22 here, because for legal purposes, they don't want to find themselves colluding against the very players ... who sued them for collusion.

See, there are a pile of free agents -- more than 500 of them -- out there who would really like to start negotiating contracts with teams. And those teams, or at least the guys who run the football operations of the teams, would probably like to start signing players in order to fill holes on their roster. (Especially those teams with quarterback needs.)

However, the teams are also named defendants in the Brady v. NFL case, which means the folks who run the business side of things are unlikely to be extremely thrilled about any sort of cooperation with the players until said lawsuit is resolved.

If -- and again, this is predicated on no stay being granted -- the NFL institutes last year's rules, the season "begins" and for some reason none of those free agents are signed, it would lend great credence to the allegations that there's collusion taking place between the teams.

That won't necessarily happen, though it's absolutely a possibility.

Which means the NFL and its teams needs to tread carefully in order to avoid compromising themselves in the anti-trust lockout that will sit in the background regardless whether or not the "football season" begins.

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