While we didn’t get an answer from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding a stay on Monday, the appeal before the court did begin to move forward as planned.
The NFL filed its opening brief to the court, according to NFL.com. It was 61 pages long — Florio will be giving his lawyerly breakdown on the site later once he fully digests it. (And once he digests dinner.)
In the meantime, we can tell you via Albert Breer that the league essentially repeated the arguments that failed to sway Judge Susan Nelson before she granted an injunction ruling the lifting of the lockout.
“This Court should vacate the District Court’s grant of a preliminary injunction and remand with instructions to dismiss or stay the action,” the NFL brief concludes.
The appeal will be heard on June third. The players are due to reply to Monday’s brief by May 20th.
(And by “can’t wait,” we mean that we’ll continue to not-so-silently curse the NFL and its players for this embarrassing lockout.)