With no ruling yet from Eighth Circuit, NFL opens for business

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit currently is considering the NFL’s request to stay the lifting of the lockout pending appeal of Judge Nelson’s decision to end it and the league’s request for a stay until the motion for a stay can be decided.

A timetable has been set for submitting documents regarding the motion for a stay.  As to the motion for a stay until the motion for a stay can be decided, the Eighth Circuit has not yet ruled.

It means that the league is opened again for business, as NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT Live on Thursday.  Players may return to team facilities — and not just to hang around.

The question becomes whether the free-agency market will open before the Eighth Circuit rules.  It would be surprising, to say the least, if the Eighth Circuit doesn’t rule on the request for a temporary stay today.

Then again, everything this week has been surprising.

18 responses to “With no ruling yet from Eighth Circuit, NFL opens for business

  1. I think they need to file a motion to stay the injunction pending the hearing on the motion to stay the injunction pending the hearing to stay the motion pending the appeal.

    BostonTim

  2. If I were an owner I would only sign the very cheap free agents, that way the players cant bitch about collusion even though it makes no sense to sign big contracts (and the leage isn’t legally obligated to enter free agency) with no CBA in place.

  3. If the stay is denied can the teams begin trading players for draft picks? If so I have a sneaking suspicion the Falcons have a plan to recoop at least one of the draft picks that was spent last night to trade up for Julio Jones.

  4. @ zaggs

    If they did that I am sure the former union would claim it didn’t exist, file another law suit to some judge and the owners would be found guilty in that case as well. I for one want FA to start 2 hours ago.

  5. Since the league has been ordered to “get back to normal business”, any league directive to teams to not make trades or sign free agents would be an obvious sign of contempt of court.

    Free agents especially will be able to claim collusion and sue for damages if the NFL continues that policy.

  6. Stay or No Stay….with De Smith talking about players being “owned” and “not being able to go where they want” the players are at least pressuring the draft…if the players actually attack the draft and it goes away there will be a lot of pissed off fans…people didn’t shy away from the draft or draft parties, they went because they love the event and the games…do away with the draft and you get the Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies of the NFL in the Giants, Cowboys, and Jets….

  7. Legal mumbo jumbo! Just carry on so the Vikings can get a QB and throw away their first pick. Stop the confusion.

  8. This entire thing is incredibly stupid and petty. These people only seem to be friends by contract, and the second the contract expires they flip the switch and become rivals. Abraham Lincoln has a few things to say about dividing a house.

  9. With so much optimism in the air over the start of the 2011 season, it would be absolutely idiotic and PR suicide for the league to reimplemet the lockout if a stay is allowed by the 8th Circuit. In fact, it would be a huge PR boost if the league just withdraws its request for a stay.

  10. Love it. The player-supporters on here are calling for free agency to open while the players are suing to destroy free agency.

  11. “This entire thing is incredibly stupid and petty. These people only seem to be friends by contract, and the second the contract expires they flip the switch and become rivals. Abraham Lincoln has a few things to say about dividing a house.”

    The NFL is referred to as “Not For Long” for a reason.

    Damn does there seem to be some bad blood boiling over though; not that I’m shocked.

  12. The players and the people that think the Lockout is over are going to be very disappointed when the Big Dogs Stay the Lower Courts Ruling.

    You can forget any Free Agency anytime soon and may have to forget about it this year all together as the Appeal Court will take a couple months to handle it’s business.

    Any good Lawyer should always let his clients know not to get to high on a Lower Court Ruling until any Appeal is handled. Nothing like seeing the Faces of a Lower Court winner handed Huge Money Damages have the smiles wiped off of their Faces as the Big Dogs re rule and give them Nada.

    Before any real work starts next Monday at the Teams Facilities the Stay will be granted and all this chatter will have been for not.

  13. @ clinton

    Where in the hell does it say that the NFL has to participate in Free Agency? There is no CBA as of now and even if there was there is nothing that forces teams to sign every single player out there. Step away from the modeling glue my friend.

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