Appeals Court Sides With NFL On Lockout
Appeals court here sides with NFL on lockout
Friday, July 8, 2011
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis sided with the NFL owners today and said the league had a right to lock out its players.
The appellate court issued its decision Friday, even as the league and its locked-out players continue negotiations intended to strike a new collective bargaining agreement and start the 2011 season on time. The first preseason game is scheduled for Aug. 7, less than a month away.
The appellate court ruled on an April 25 decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, who put the lockout on hold after players argued they were suffering irreparable harm. The appeals court put that order on hold and its final decision said Nelson ignored federal law in reaching her decision.
The Rams were scheduled to open training camp on July 22 and are supposed to play their first pre-season game on Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio.
But all of that, as well as free-agent moves, draft signings and organized team workouts, have been on hold for the last four months.
The league and players issued the following joint statement:"While we respect the court's decision, today's ruling does not change our mutual recognition that this matter must be resolved through negotiation. We are committed to our current discussions and reaching a fair agreement that will benefit all parties for years to come, and allow for a full 2011 season."
Re: Appeals Court Sides With NFL On Lockout
This is most likely good news. Now that the courts have ruled the players should know that there will be no more end runs around federal law and they are going to have to resolve their issues with ownership the old fashioned way.
They will have to earn it....