Lockout Is History — For The MomentApril 25th, 2011
Exciting news on the NFL lockout front, if there is such a thing. The fancy federal judge presiding over the case has lifted the lockout this evening, essentially ruling in favor of the players, so reports Mike Florio, of ProFootballTalk.com.
The NFL reportedly will seek an immediate stay of the implementation of the decision.
If the stay is granted, the lockout would not be lifted until, at the earliest, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issues a ruling in the case. The players surely would request expedited consideration of the appeal.
If Judge Nelson refuses to grant the stay, the NFL surely would seek a stay from the appeals court.
If neither court gives the league the stay, the doors will be forced open, soon.
Joe has no clue how long it might take for a stay to take effect. Does this mean free agency starts now?
So if Rick Stroud and Stephen Holder of the St. Pete Times are to be believed, is Aqib Talib getting cut tonight?
Will Barrett Ruud have another team?
UPDATE: 7:31 p.m. – Heartwarming and exciting news for fans, per ProFootballTalk.com. Read a great paragraph from the judge’s ruling here. Maybe this mess really will be settled sooner rather than later.
UPDATE 9:35 p.m.: For the legal types out there, here is the 89-page decision by Judge Nelson.