Appeals court ruling restores NFL lockout
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has become the public face of the league's dispute with the player's association.
April 29th, 2011
07:47 PM ET

Appeals court ruling restores NFL lockout

National Football League players have again been locked out of training facilities, because of an appeals court ruling. Meanwhile, negotiations continue over a new collective bargaining agreement between league owners and the NFL Player's Association.

A temporary stay has been granted of a lower court order that had ruled NFL owners could not lock out the players, said Michael Gans, the clerk with the 8th Circuit appeals court.

"We are back to a lockout," Gans said.

The temporary ruling allows the NFL to again suspend football operations as they seek to revise the current system.

A lockout was imposed after talks between the players and owners broke down last month and the players disbanded their union. In response, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and seven others filed a lawsuit on behalf of other current and eligible NFL players against the league to halt the lockout, which could affect the start of the 2011-12 season scheduled for September 8.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled in favor of the players on Monday, issuing an injunction that ordered the league's owners to lift their lockout. The NFL appealed the ruling on the grounds that federal law prohibits injunctions in labor disputes.

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  1. Dave

    great. maybe a season of working in a car wash for the players and a season without ripping off fans will bring these nimrods to their collective senses.....nahhhhhhhhhhh

    April 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      i don't think that you can bring the owners to their senses. no fans ever get ripped off by the nfl. if you live within the tv broadcasting range of your team you get to watch all the games for FREE. you have the option to watch all the games for no cost. if you choose to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to go to a game that isn't their fault.

      April 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nflban


    April 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    I hope they all go broke and the sport becomes as worthless as tennis. F–K all of them.

    April 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Last time I checked, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal made over $5 million last year. Not to mention, they are the faces of many ad campaigns. So stop being ignorant.

      April 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Randoms

    This is NOT breaking news. What an abuse of an alarm method...

    April 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. snj

    Really? Why? WHY??

    April 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wat?

    No it won't as long as people can remember the running back on the losing team in the 1977 superbowl, sports nerds will keep the prices unfathomable for the normal folk.

    April 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dim Mak

    Anyone know how this effects the draft?

    April 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nflban


    April 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Carlos


    April 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. link

    I realy think every body makes WAY to much money but I injoy watching the NFL

    April 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alex

    It is us the consumers that pay the players salaries and us the consumers who pay the price for their greed.

    April 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob USAF Retired

    Now I have two groups for Obama to tax the hell out of NFL Owners and Players. 50% sounds good to me. The fan is aways the looser and they do not care.

    April 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DJ Reilly

    It is time for the fans to boycott the NFL for a few games

    April 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. G.I. Joe

    As long as they don't lock out the cheerleaders.

    April 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dim Mak

    @wat?: I agree that too many men care too much about sports. Many have gorgeous women they could be scoring touchdowns with, but choose to watch an over hyped group of men smack each other's &$$es. I like the sport personally, but really don't consider it a requirement to life. If I get free tickets or have $ then I'd go to a good game, but I have my priorities.

    April 29, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
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