The NFL Lockout Has Been Lifted – Or Something Like That

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ordered an immediate end to the NFL lockout yesterday siding with the players over how to divide $9 billion with NFL owners.

But don’t start planning those in season road trips just yet…

The injunction put in place to end the 7-week NFL lockout will seem like nothing more than an open house for players in the first few days.Players under contract will be allowed to enter team facilities, seek medical treatment and even watch game film, they will not be able to lift weights, discuss contracts or have any photo opportunities with the media.

Judge Nelson questioned NFL Attorney David Boies repeated argument that she should not have juridiction over a labor dispute with an unfair negotiation charge against the players pending with the National Labor Relations Board, a contention that would be rejected by Judge Nelson. She recognized the players union decision to decertify as legitimate because of the “serious consequences” that it presented for the players.

Nelson referenced her colleague, U.S. District Judge David Doty, who has frequently ruled for the players in the past. Not only did she declare that players are likely to suffer harm by the lockout, a legal requirement for granting the injunction, Nelson wrote that they’re already feeling the hurt now.

The NFL is in the process of appealing the decision.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal that Judge Nelson’s decision “may significantly alter professional football as we know it. … By blessing this negotiating tactic [recognizing the players’ right to dissolve their union], the decision may endanger one of the most popular and successful sports leagues in history.”

NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith remains hopeful that the decision sticks, “My hope is really is that there’s somebody on the other side who loves football as much as our players and fans do.”

If the injunction is upheld the NFL would resume business under the 2010 format meaning:

It could invoke the 2010 rules for free agency, meaning players would need six seasons of service before becoming unrestricted free agents when their contracts expire; previously, it was four years. The requirement for restricted free agents would be four years rather than the three years before 2010. There also was no salary cap in 2010, meaning teams could spend as much – or as little as they wanted.

The NFL would determine if and when offseason workouts would resume while the appeal is pending.

9 Responses to “The NFL Lockout Has Been Lifted – Or Something Like That”

  1. Miranda says:

    It is quite interesting listening to the sadness of the local sports talk guys. They couldn’t hold it in, they so wanted the judge rule with the owners….and you should hear the way a couple of them pronounce “DeMaurice” Smith…………LOLOL, they are so filled with hate.

  2. HarveyDent says:

    Sista Miranda,

    I can imagine how outside of the Stews what sports talk is like down there concerning the lockout. Nothing but the envious wannabees screaming about how these guys are over-paid to play a kid’s game compared to hard-working, blue-collar guys like them who can’t afford to go to games on what they get paid or they’d rather watch high school and college games because it’s “purer” watching unpaid amateurs get paid. Yeah, they scream about what others make while voting against their interests for guys like Nathan Deal and other conservatives with their “family values.”


  3. HarveyDent says:

    Check out this quote by Judge Nelson in her brief denying the NFL a stay of her ruling:

    “In short, the world of ‘chaos’ the NFL claims it has been thrust into – essentially the ‘free-market’ system this nation otherwise willfully operates under – is not compelled by this court’s order,” Nelson wrote.

    Ooooh….drops the mic

  4. HarveyDent says:

    And oh yeah, I see Hillis won the Madden vote. Just leave it at that.

  5. HarveyDent says:

    they’d rather watch high school and college games because it’s “purer” watching unpaid amateurs get paid = they’d rather watch high school and college games because it’s “purer” watching unpaid amateurs play for the love of the game

  6. Miranda says:

    Oh yeah HD, didn’t the judge lay it down? I visualize that she said that with a neck roll and a triple snap.

    EA Sports figured they could live with Peyton Hillis on the cover. LOL – a white running back to boost the self-esteem of outta shape midwestern white guys all over.

  7. Mike says:

    Project much?

  8. Origin says:

    HAHA sista Miranda lethim have that Madden cover mess. I am glad my boy Vick didn’t get it……..let Peyton Hillis deal with the Maden curse.

  9. Jake says:

    The curse scares all of us Cleveland fans, but we love the exposure