Earlier today, ESPN reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit had granted the NFL’s request for a temporary stay of the ruling lifting the lockout, until the Eighth Circuit could rule on the request for a less-temporary stay of the ruling while the league’s appeal is considered.
As it turns out, the report wasn’t wrong. It was just premature.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the temporary stay has been granted, which means that the lockout is back on. For now.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Commissioner Roger Goodell confirms the news from the podium at Radio City Music Hall.
The assembled fans wouldn’t be booing in response. They’d be chanting “Goooooodell.”
Meanwhile, the teams that were smart enough to distribute playbooks today — and all 32 of them should have done it — will have an edge if the lockout ends up remaining in place until August or later.