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. dallasfan#1

    I just want to watch some damn footbal!!!!!

    April 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dilz

    This is just ridiculous

    April 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nflban

    Fans Booed ******DELL all day yesterday during draft.

    April 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    Players need to stop crying about getting paid and start using their education after their careers are over. Alot of these guys get a free ride to the NFL and havent learned a thing in 14+ yrs of school. I dont know what makes them think that are worth millions for playing a game that doesnt amount to squat. To those that support them, you are the reason for the $5 hotdog and $8 beer. The $50 nose bleed seats. The owners need to pay thousands of people on top of advertising and upkeep, but its ok for some jerk to get enough money to retire for the rest of his life after playing for a few years? Screw that. There isnt a player out there thats worth more than $50g a year. Take care of the people that get hurt, but everone else, get a job. You can work out year round to be in top physical condition and still be a lazy, stupid bum. I see no reason to pay for that as a customer.

    April 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      very simple solution to that. don't go to games. there are millions of people that don't mind paying those prices. btw you don't know what you are talking about. the money made from concessions doesn't even go to the team in most cases, it goes to the owners of the stadium. the ticket sales is a pittance of what the teams make. they are fighting over the $9 billion in TV revenue. tell me why you believe that the owners should get over 99% of the money? 50k per year per player is less than 1% of the money that is being fought over.

      April 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GaryMinn

    The Viqueens (or any other team seeking to extort stadium money from the taxpayers) should be told in absolute and certain terms that not one second of legislature time will be spent on stadium funding talks until this ridiculous "ballte of the millionaires" is behind us.

    April 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      why punish the university of minnesota? what did those kids do to deserve you taking away their baseball field

      April 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GaryMinn

    What's more, we are in the process of spending $15 million in insurance money on a new roof for a stadium that the Viqueens have categorically stated that they will not use past the 2011-2010 season. Since there will be no season 2011 – 2012, we should just take the $15 million insurance money and use it to pay for a few more dedicated cops for the North side!

    April 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Intellectual Property

    @chris: If a stadium does not sell out the NFL doesn't broadcast the game in that city. They force you to pay to see a horrible team. Cable and satellite offer nfl packages to counter a blackout, but it's still a form of extortion.

    April 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. No NFL fan

    @chris – you're just an NFL apologist. Go ahead and cream your jeans over them.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    Dear CNN: Why do you allow idiots to post? Why? Why? Why?

    April 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crystal

      hahahaha I enjoyed that! And I am a female and I love football EVERY Sunday and any other day of the week I can watch it. And my boyfriend enjoys the fact that we can watch the games together and still get "quality time" I really hope they can fix this and we have football to watch! What a boring fall it would be without football.

      April 30, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. nflban


    April 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sandyk

    If what happened to Tiger, losing sponsers and fans, happened in the NFL i think they,owners and players, might rethink their positions.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. *Sigh*


    April 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TvNYC

    NFL and the rest of the sports brings nothing to this world sorry to say. They are all worthless!

    April 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mmmmm

    These are the last days: judges against judges...

    April 30, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Wondering why a judge would rule to with hold 90 millions dollars of profit for the capitalist owners from its workers, hmmm?

      April 30, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Big Game James

    I see lots of people still upset they got picked last at recess. If you buy a coke your supporting the nfl. If you buy a new chevy or cadillac your supporting the nfl. If you buy a Bud, Coors Light...that's right your supporting the nfl. You'd have to undergo a major lifestyle change to not support the nfl. It's all just legal posturing and red tape. The owners know they have no fan support. And before you jump on the "greedy players" bandwagon, league minimum is around 275,000-300,000. And there are lots of players making that. And I've been on these blogs long enough to know that some of you small-businessmen don't think that kind of salary doesn't mean your rich (it doesn't) especially when the evil/socialist/illegal alien/terrorist/muslim/Kenyan/vacation taking Obama tries to tax it! So stop downing all players. Yeah its a game but it is a job as well. They have a right to complain about their workplace just like you or I.

    April 30, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
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