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League doesn’t immediately reinstate lockout

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Though the headline at the top of the league’s official website proclaims that the “lockout [is] back in force” after the ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granted the league’s motion for a temporary stay of the decision ending the work stoppage, the league has not yet re-slammed the door.

“Our attorneys will review the decision and we will advise all clubs as soon as possible on next steps,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT via e-mail.

Of course, it could be that the league has decided not to mention the “L” word while the draft is still occurring.  And there’s no pressing reason to re-start the lockout over the weekend, since activity will be minimal.

Still, any team that hasn’t distributed playbooks to its players should be taking full advantage of the fact that the lockout has not officially recommenced.  Yet.

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18 Responses to “League doesn’t immediately reinstate lockout”
  1. red2redman says: Apr 29, 2011 8:42 PM

    Playing mind games

  2. tripnasty says: Apr 29, 2011 8:48 PM

    Oh that’s smart for two reasons…

    1) So the teams can pass out playbooks to ALL players drafted.

    2) The “we need time to read the court’s decision” may help their argument that they needed more time to lift the lockout after Judge Nelson ruled in favor of the players.

    Smart move from the apparent previously unprepared owners.

  3. stevecmh says: Apr 29, 2011 8:48 PM

    I hope my favorite team is taking advantage of this little loophole before it’s slammed shut by the owners’ attorneys!!!

  4. oldhamletman says: Apr 29, 2011 8:53 PM

    it’s funny how people were on here saying the Players are winning blah blah the last few days over that one ruling…

    The entire Owner strategy is to force lower % labor costs and so far:
    - the union is gone
    - the Players shammed and will pay for that
    - the Players have been forced back to the table
    - the lockout will soon continue
    - the Players circumvention of labor law will come home to roost

    The Players and their representation are completely outclassed and regardless of the rulings on these cases, they will take a significant pay cut.

  5. joeflaccosunibrow says: Apr 29, 2011 8:53 PM

    *Overheard by Goodell*
    “Move along now, There’s nothing to see here”

    Come Monday, the kibosh will be back in full effect.

  6. Topher says: Apr 29, 2011 8:54 PM

    Boy the league doesn’t even try and hide how greedily it wants its cake and eats it too.

  7. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Apr 29, 2011 8:55 PM

    As a supporter of the owners’ position, I think it would be entirely appropriate for them to do nothing further until the 8th Circuit’s ruling next week on whether to stay Judge Nelson’s order until the appeal is decided.

  8. red2redman says: Apr 29, 2011 8:57 PM

    Being that the league is going to impose the lockout, are they allowed to sell player jerseys. Are they allowed to promoted the players likeness on anything with an nfl logo? I’m asking because the players and fans make the league not the owners or corporate america. If the players don’t play and the fans don’t buy then you have nothing.

  9. narutofan10 says: Apr 29, 2011 9:08 PM

    lmao i am gonna take a shot in the dark and say that you guys on the owners side are republicans…and no i do not really have a political ideology especially in this situation because this is not about that you were probably the ones complaining about the lockout and now you support a round of applause for you more than likely non football fans

  10. bobbyhoying says: Apr 29, 2011 9:11 PM

    So much for the union loving liberal judge.

  11. footballfan292 says: Apr 29, 2011 9:13 PM

    And what does this say about the state of the politics in this country when judges decisions are purely based on their political affiliation?

    The decision on this stay was 2-1. Two were Bush judges and 1 Clinton.

    The massive divide that exists in this country is tearing it apart.

  12. tony420 says: Apr 29, 2011 9:29 PM

    This is the first legal proceeding the League had a fair shot.

  13. smacklayer says: Apr 29, 2011 9:57 PM

    I think for the last 20 years the NFL has been at the mercy of a super liberal Minnesota court and has never gotten a fair shake, let alone a consideration. Even if you think this ruling is activism on the republican side, it is still miles short of the liberal activism that the MN district court has been hammering on the NFL for years.

    I for one am happy to see finally a ruling in favor of the NFL. I think the NFLPA has way overplayed their nuclear card here and we will start to see the pendulum move back.

    The real stupidity of this path the players have taken is there is no win for them. If they succeed and get 32 separate businesses they will lose (except for a handfull of premium players). If the owners win, the players will ahve to take whatever cba the owners offer. I shake my head at why the player blindly followed Debag smith down this road. There is no way out now.

  14. endzonezombie says: Apr 29, 2011 10:03 PM

    Like many fans, I have refused to watch the draft as long as the re-lockout is pending. The 1st round viewship was down 22%. Friday is probably even worse. If the lockout is again announced, the NFL is history for my family. We have cancelled Sunday ticket, and signed up for the MLB package. We will be watching MLB playoffs in Oct instead of NFL football.

  15. mick730 says: Apr 29, 2011 11:11 PM

    “If the players don’t play and the fans don’t buy then you have nothing.”

    And if the owners had not risked their money, their careers, their creativity and spent their lives building these teams and this league over the decades, then there would be no teams, no league, no players and no fans.

  16. manzoa says: Apr 29, 2011 11:15 PM

    You could see the 8th Circuit decision coming a mile away. The league hired David Boies because he is the top appellate lawyer in the country. They knew they would lose before a left wing, union loving Obama appointee from a state that elected a rodeo clown like Al Franken to the US Senate. Now it will be apparent to the players that they can’t win thru litigation and the only way to resolve this impasse is at the bargaining table. Both sides now have an incentive to get a deal done and I think it will be done in time to have a full season in 2011.

  17. Packernet says: Apr 29, 2011 11:25 PM

    Yep, better get that playbook in Aaron Rodgers hands! Every day lost is critical. The one he has in his office is almost 3 months old for heavens sake!

  18. bammer1 says: Apr 30, 2011 8:46 AM

    Rhode island pat fan is right the nfl will look like they care about no one the fans or players if they decide that the lockout goes back in to effect right away. Thats why if their smart they wont reinstate the lockout instead say keep acting like you are move on with offseason practice and everything. do the whole offseason thing and basically tell the nflpa trade association come back to the table and work with us or we take lockout into full effect.

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