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.