There are few things known about the exact nature of the lift, one thing is known for sure- There is no longer any NFL Lockout. The district judge Susan Nelson finalized her decision with an 86 page opinion paper on why the NFL should not lockout. The decision was made earlier today and with it, the Judge ruled in favor of the players in their anti-trust lawsuit against the NFL.
Although the lockout has been lifted, the owners can still ‘stay’ which means that the NFL lockout can not happen, but they will still be able to appeal the case. When appealing it would fall back to the eighth district court, and it would be tough to reverse the current appeal.
The current effect on free agency is still unknown. There have been talks of the free agent pool being open as early as next week. This is a huge step for the entire NFL as a whole, as the NFL season is currently back on.
Here is the NFL’s reaction to the ruling: “We will promptly seek a stay from Judge Nelson pending an expedited appeal to the Eighth circuit court of appeals. We believe that Federal law bars injunctions in labor disputers. We are confident that the eighth circuit court will agree. But we also believe that this dispute will inevitably end with a collective bargaining agreement, which would be in the best interest of players, clubs and fans. We can reach a fair agreement only if we continue negotiations toward the goal.”
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