NFL scores major lockout victory in court

Photo by AP (File) Judge Susan Nelson. This undated photo courtesy of the U.S. District Court in Minnesota shows U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson.

Photo by AP (File) Judge Susan Nelson. This undated photo courtesy of the U.S. District Court in Minnesota shows U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson.

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

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78 comments Add your comment

Austin

July 8th, 2011
11:37 am

yellow tube

July 8th, 2011
11:52 am

SHE NEEED TO BRUSH HER TEEEEF!!!!!!!!!!!

knewuwhen

July 8th, 2011
11:53 am

How is this a win for anyone! We just want football. Enough, already!

knewuwhen

July 8th, 2011
11:58 am

Well if it does speed up the negotiations/talks…then it is good news.

Lesa

July 8th, 2011
12:00 pm

Don’t see how this is going to speed things up; sounds like it is just saying that the owners can continue to keep the players locked out of their facilities. Isn’t this going to just separate the two sides further? I am so frustrated with this crap!! We should be getting excited about training camp and the preseason at this time of year; not worrying whether there will even be a season. Ugh!!

SirReal

July 8th, 2011
12:00 pm

If nothing isn’t in stone by next week, Im done with the NFL this year. I’m over all these rulings and tug of war between NFL and NFLPA (or the org formerly know as)

Marcus

July 8th, 2011
12:04 pm

So this basically invalidates the 24-48 hours that teams met w/players after the draft …. that time cant be recanted or r-done, but bigger picture, does this stir up animosity that would prohibit on-going negotiation progress or is this just a gnat on a horses butt … and the inevitable resolution of the CBA (hopefully next week)?

tim

July 8th, 2011
12:06 pm

This shows how screwed up our court system is. Judges not knowing laws and courts overturning previous rulings. Probably, another court will overturn this decision. Screwed up!!!!!!

BravesfaninNashville

July 8th, 2011
12:09 pm

The players are way to greedy and unrealistic. The owners will continue to make money in the other business interests they have while the players would have to join the rest of society and compete in the REAL JOB MARKET if they couldn’t play the sport the owners set up for them. They should be thankful they can play a GAME and be paid more than most Americans will earn in a lifetime in one season. I’m hoping this is a realty check for the players because the owners only need them to play football, the owners don’t need them to be rich because they already are and will continue to be. The players however need the owners in order to become rich and they should have been thankful for that opportunity. Greed is ugly and the players need to figure out where their bread is buttered or start selling cars and see how much they miss football then.

SawThat1nce

July 8th, 2011
12:16 pm

Exactly how, is this a major victory for the owners?
The players have been locked out since the appeal.
What difference does this make?

Pedro

July 8th, 2011
12:17 pm

Liberal judge siding with the union as usual. She didn’t give a rat’s a$$ for the legality of the ruling, just played her card based on busting the business and the big money owners, as if the players aren’t big money employees. I wonder how the beat up old gridiron guys like Dick Butkus really feel about players making more in their rookie season than they made in their entire careers – for love of the game.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 8th, 2011
12:17 pm

Marcus — My instincts are that it will speed things up. However, I have not made it through the entire 54-page ruling yet.

Tim — You have a problem with the nation’s Founding Fathers and the Anglo-American Justice System.

SawThat1nce

July 8th, 2011
12:18 pm

The owners are a bunch of greedy SOBs.

Josh B

July 8th, 2011
12:18 pm

So does this mean that they’ll actually start working on a new CBA

Falcon Jim

July 8th, 2011
12:25 pm

SirReal, you will be back whenever they re-start. Saying you are done with the NFL is like those people that said “if Bush is elected, or, if Obama is elected, I’m moving out of the country.”
They are all still here.

Falcon Jim

July 8th, 2011
12:27 pm

Mr. Ledbetter, good call on Tim……………….

Falcon Jim

July 8th, 2011
12:30 pm

SawThat,

True, but the players are greedy, too. You and I and Mr Ledbetter and everyone else are also greedy.

Sid

July 8th, 2011
12:32 pm

Some reference as to what federal law Judge Nelson ignored would be informative. I guess nobody wants to read the 54 page ruling………me included. I wonder how many packs a day she smokes.

Falcon Jim

July 8th, 2011
12:39 pm

Hi Sid…………………….

I’m just ready for some football.

jw

July 8th, 2011
12:40 pm

in about 3 weeks everything will be fine – no training camp – maybe one preseason game – then the season – exactly what the players want – hang in there about 3 more weeks!

SeenThisB4

July 8th, 2011
12:48 pm

It means the players have a really solid wall at their backs, and some hardliners in front of them.

That new CBA will be in place by close of business on Monday.

GEAUX SAINTS!

TRUTH

July 8th, 2011
12:52 pm

Can you just play football, already?? I know its about money, for both sides, but can we play football already and let the suits figure it out? Hate to say it, but MLB is for the birds. It’s long and boring (need some steroid action to see balls flying out the park….sumthin’!!). But a summer with NO HOF game?? No training camp?? Reruns on the NFL Network because there is NO NEWS to report, it’s like a drunk without alcohol.

When does the college season start?? Arena Football?? Heck I’ll even take a electric football game (you know the one where you turn it on and the players vibrate sideways across the playing field…)…SUMTHIN’!!!!

Peter

July 8th, 2011
12:53 pm

Wow….too bad everyone involved doesn’t have to get a ……. REAL JOB !

TRUTH

July 8th, 2011
12:55 pm

AMEN @ Peter….

I'm just sayin'...

July 8th, 2011
1:04 pm

Peter, I agree! It sure must be nice!

Falcon Jim

July 8th, 2011
1:04 pm

I’d take a big-time whipping for one tenth of what these players make. (I don’t begrudge their money, I’m just easy to please.)

georgiadawgg

July 8th, 2011
1:17 pm

anytime you put a gum in charge of any thing this is what happens.

georgiadawgg

July 8th, 2011
1:20 pm

i thnk they should get the scabs back. that will bring the players to their knees.

Falcon Jim

July 8th, 2011
1:31 pm

Need to raise the taxes on these rich guys………………………………………(sarcasm.)

Falkin Phraud

July 8th, 2011
1:37 pm

Mr. Leadbetter: None of this will help the Cleveland franchise. They are forever destined to get the crap beaten out of them by the greatest NFL franchise.

beebee

July 8th, 2011
2:05 pm

What we need is some super personality – someone with the passion, drive, and most of all TIME – to band together all fans of the nation to BOYCOTT the NFL . . . for one season.

I’m serious. I love NFL football too. But we must not be held hostage IN ANY WAY by their doings. People please find other more important things to do in this beautiful world than be caught up in all this nonsense!

Big Dude

July 8th, 2011
2:07 pm

First! Just had to do it.

beebee

July 8th, 2011
2:10 pm

(continued) It’s just that your lives will not come to an end if there’s no NFL. Sometimes people in this nation could use a good hard slap in the face about what’s really important in life.

ASHCAN.

July 8th, 2011
2:16 pm

@Yellow tube,that was funny as hell!!!

Falcon Jim

July 8th, 2011
2:16 pm

Yup, I didn’t watch baseball, for the only time ever, the year after the strike. So what happens? My team (Braves) win the Series, and I basically missed it. Nice timing.

hiramsaint

July 8th, 2011
2:21 pm

@DOL- what exactly is the anglo-american justice system? i didn’t have the public school education so prevelant here. is it a system of law based on past cases and decisions or the Constitution?

The Dogkiller Returns

July 8th, 2011
2:25 pm

Louisiana uses the civil law system, j

Falcon Jim

July 8th, 2011
2:48 pm

Nawlans justice system is whoever doesn’t get capped.

willie g

July 8th, 2011
2:48 pm

STAY ON STRIKE WE HAVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL TILL JANUARY WHO CARES ABOUT A BUNCH OF MILLIONARIES WELL LETS PLAY FOOTBALL THE FALCONS WILL NEVER WIN A SUPER BOWL SO WHAT COUNTS IS THE DOGS !1GO UGA!

Jojo

July 8th, 2011
2:51 pm

All you need a life. I would hope there is something in your life besides watching football. Get a hobby, volunteer at a local shelter or something. If there is not a season, life goes on, you are not on the NFL payroll. Get over it…

Marie

July 8th, 2011
2:53 pm

@ Sid – I briefly perused the appeals court ruling because I wanted to understand what the district judge got wrong. Basically she bought into the players’ argument that once the NFLPA was “disbanded” after they failed to reach an agreement that players were no longer locked in a labor dispute and were no longer bound by a federal law which prohibits the federal courts from interfering in labor dispute. The appeal court basically said the players were in still locked in a labor dispute (even if they were now acting supposedly without the NFLPA) since their antitrust lawsuit against the owners was dealing with such issues as their pay, rookie salary caps, profit sharing, etc. And since this is a labor dispute the federal courts have no right to tell the owners that they cannot lock the players out.

BirdDawg24

July 8th, 2011
2:55 pm

bring in replacement players. let the arena players play in the nfl. tiki barber wants to play, herschel walker was talking about maybe coming back..have open try-outs.bring in tim couch.david greene,schuler,mirer,.surely theres somebody that wants to play,,,,

Bobby

July 8th, 2011
2:58 pm

Look at the advantage of the NFL lockout. It it lasts just a few more weeks Georgia State will not have to reschedule it’s first home game of the year scheduled for the Georgia Dome. The Falcons were originally going to knock them out of the Dome for that Thursday night for a meaningless exhibition game with Baltimore.

GO JACKETS!
GO PANTHERS!
GEAUX SAINTS!
TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!

FALCONS SUPER BOWL BOUND

July 8th, 2011
3:01 pm

i just want some football

Falcon Fan

July 8th, 2011
3:06 pm

Anything to speed up the process is welcome.
Mr Ledbetter it has become a problem when judges start making laws instead of inforcing the law as is. Nothing is perfect, even the President don’t support the Law…just as Arizona,& gun sales to Mexico.. etc…Play Ball!

Falcon Fan

July 8th, 2011
3:12 pm

just look at Arizona…sorry about that

hop

July 8th, 2011
3:31 pm

all the players have to do is make a real attempt to meet the owners half -way and there will be football.

otherwise, i could care less what the players do because the are way over paid!

Gresham Brown

July 8th, 2011
3:53 pm

winkasdad29

July 8th, 2011
3:59 pm

If you want pro football now, watch the CFL on NFL Network. I beleive the NFL will have their act together in time for a full season. Stop spazzin’ y’all!

winkasdad29

July 8th, 2011
4:04 pm

By the way, I have no trouble with the players getting theirs. They are the ones sacrificing their bodies – and the next play could be their last. I also realize the owners are billionaire businessment trying to run a $9 billion business.