NFL owners scored a key victory in court when the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that a lower court judge’s order lifting the NFL lockout ignored federal law.
Here’s the 54-page ruling. Click HERE!
This decision could help to speed up the on-going labor talks with the season is approaching.
The NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement on the ruling which said, “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.”
The Falcons opened training camp last season on July 29. The Pro Football Hall of Fame game is scheduled for August 7.
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.
During the lockout, teams have not been allowed to contact their players, sign free agents or negotiate deals with their rookie draft picks.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog