NFL Lockout: What Happens from Here?


The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals may or may not make an announcement regarding that the owners’ request for a stay of Judge Nelson’s lockout injunction. Since they have already granted a preliminary stay, they are not required to make any declaration unless they take it upon themselves to lift the league’s ability to lockout the players. The default action, or inaction in this case, is that the lockout will remain in place until the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals hears the case in early June. Where does the labor situation go from here?

Gabe Feldman, the director of Tulane’s sports law program, has been a valuable resource on twitter (follow him @SportsLawGuy) due to his ability to lay out the practical implications of each step through the league’s labor process. He gave some insight into the appeals process following the court accepting the league’s request for an expedited appeal:

In denying stay, Nelson noted that appeal could last months. No longer the case. Should be over by mid-June under expedited sked.

Mid-June? Ok, I’d like free agency to start now but waiting a month or so certainly isn’t the end of the world.

Pro Football Weekly’s Eric Edholm tweeted some info of his own:

Appeals court clerk told me last week that proceedings would take about 30-45 days. Worst case, resolution could come July 18th-ish.

These two sources put box in the start of football activities somewhere between mid-June and mid-July. Of course, this assumes that the court proceedings play out rather than the two sides coming together to hash out their differences. The best resolution to all of this is that an agreement is reached outside of the courtroom when mediation resumes May 16, but it appears that training camp should start on-time either way.

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