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April 25, 2011

Judge lifts lockout, league to appeal

Finally, there is movement in the NFL's labor standoff.

In a decision that gives players leverage as this dispute moves forward in the federal courts, Judge Susan Nelson on Monday granted the players' motion for a preliminary injunction, lifting the lockout imposed by the owners March 11.

Significant in the ruling is the fact that Nelson decided not to stay the decision, meaning the league must lift the lockout immediately.

The league said it would seek a stay from Nelson, pending its "expedited appeal" to the Eighth Circuit Court.

"We believe that federal law bars injunctions in labor disputes. We are confident that the Eighth Circuit will agree," the league said in a statement. "But we also believe that this dispute will inevitably end with a collective bargaining agreement, which would be in the best interests of players, clubs and fans. We can reach a fair agreement only if we continue negotiations toward that goal."

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association was pleased with the ruling.

"I'm happy for our players and our fans," Smith said in a statement. "Today, those who love football are the winners."

It's unclear how the league will conduct business in the meantime. It could return to last year's system -- an uncapped year with six years required for unrestricted free agency.

Until Nelson rules on the league's request, trades involving players -- prohibited during the lockout -- presumably would be permitted again. That scenario could open up possibilities for the Panthers, who own the first pick in Thursday's draft.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on April 25, 2011 at 07:15 PM | Permalink


Oh sure, do nothing about Obama's lack of eligibility, or illegal wars, and no accountability for 9/11, or any of the unconstitutional actions by the White House, like the "Patriot" Act, torture, hit squads, the illegal and corrupt FED, and the list goes on and on...but dammit, there's going to be an NFL season, if that's the last thing we do! This is the epitome of American values!

Posted by: celebs4truth.com | Apr 25, 2011 9:47:13 PM

I wonder how quickly they will decide if there will be a stay on the decision. And if there is none, how quickly would free agency open up? I guess the NFL is in charge of opening the doors to free agency when they decide to or is it just automatically open right now based on the previous CBA?

Posted by: Atlanta Roofing | Apr 25, 2011 9:48:42 PM

Obama's lack of eligibility? He's too old to play college hoops at Harvard.

Posted by: Al | Apr 25, 2011 10:59:41 PM

But Obama won the Heisman...he watched a college game...

Posted by: Rick | Apr 26, 2011 7:33:20 AM

While I am no judge or attorney, I wonder how many disgruntled employees who have either resigned or have been terminated would be allowed to use the company's facilities for their pleasure in the real business world?

Posted by: Wayne4304 | Apr 26, 2011 8:04:51 AM

Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers coach and former NFL quarterback: "Cam Newton - that's plutonium-grade raw material, you know? I haven't seen upside like with this guy in probably the last 10 years."

best quote in years about a player, we all know cam could be a superstar for us and take the panthers to a level we have never seen, but we are scared to dream, to believe in this guy, maybe its his past, his mechanic or his color, as fans we are scared to dream of greatness, and that is the part that i am ashame of..i will never undertsand as a panther fan, since the beginning we have been average at best..when will we ever get a chance like this, maybe in another 20 years..my thing is do you know how many scheme playes we can use as newton qb, williams, stewart in the backfiled with smith as wr, goodson as slot..omg..can anybody besides me see this???

Posted by: youngpanthernation | Apr 26, 2011 8:42:58 AM

Yeah his color that's it.....have any of you Morons that say this remember Rodney Peete was our Qb at one time? Or is it just every individual sitiuation?

Posted by: 10-4! | Apr 26, 2011 9:15:10 AM

10-4, you stated the obvious, i stated examples, i say that peete was washup and was never the face of our franchise, cam will be that and some people have a hard time investing in that thoery, like it or not, as soon as peete made one mistake he was replace, peete was nothing but a part time player, come with a better arguement

Posted by: youngpanthernation | Apr 26, 2011 9:23:53 AM

Yeah, it's definitely his "mechanic" that scares me. Have you see the car he drives?? Geez.

Posted by: CAR2SEA | Apr 26, 2011 9:26:37 AM

yeahok, i can say mechanics or mechanic, but i still here sitting at my desk with my firm making more money than you make and yeah i also graduated from college, so you can say this about grammar..i can care less, you guys don't want to deal with the real issue, you can be like the rest, when they draft cam, don't support the panthers anymore becuase you were never a fan anyway..check

Posted by: youngpanthernation | Apr 26, 2011 9:34:16 AM

You are by far diluted!

I stated a fact not the obvious. Peete was washed and finished and we gave him a chance. Did you watch any of his games? He had to be replaced.

Yeah I guess The Panthers are afraid to be put on the map as Atlanta was with Vick, or is it they are of afraid of mortgaging their future on hope. After drafting 3 QBs last season.

You cannot see past the so called "obvious", that comes out anytime a Black individual is involved.

Posted by: 10-4! | Apr 26, 2011 9:37:47 AM

Sitting at "your firm".... You are by far an idiot. Yeah I went to college and could by you and sell you in one day.

Posted by: 10-4! | Apr 26, 2011 9:41:51 AM

lol..thanks for the laugh, but i have a job and love every mintue as i sit out here on mlk blvd, looking at the glorious panther stadium, sending emails to different clients and typing back and forth with idiots like you, i laugh becuase i am a ticket holder and will alsways be one, i get discounts every year from my bank, you are a clown and half of your base is a clown not see cam is the future..but i do enjoy the laugh i had with you, but like myself i have to go back to work now, you can go back at surfing youporn

Posted by: youngpanthernation | Apr 26, 2011 9:54:06 AM

seriously man grow up. The fact that you are portraying yourself in such a way, tells me you are in need some serious help.

I think everyone here in Charlotte area watches The National Sports Media to hear a snippet of anything about the panthers. It's nice to think we would be the talk of the NFL. However there are many other things to consider.

Yeah I got to go myself I don't have time for goofs like you.

Posted by: 10-4! | Apr 26, 2011 10:10:08 AM

I actually read something about Obams's lack of eligibility. You birthers never quit, do you. Stop crying for the pitiful owners. They had a chance to settle this, but instead rolled the dice and they came up - snake eyes. Now their tools want to shout, "activist judges". It's a wrap. Let the players go to work or face contempt charges. DeMaurice Smith just kicked your collective butts.

Posted by: qdog112 | Apr 26, 2011 10:43:21 AM

"DeMaurice Smith just kicked your collective butts." Realy???? He is just over paid window dressing.

Posted by: pantherFan | Apr 26, 2011 12:20:19 PM

I think the racial comments are not correct. Maybe I am mistaken but I think Steve Smith has been the face of the Panthers the last few years.

Posted by: TWood | Apr 26, 2011 1:40:14 PM

Smith is damaged goods strung together with pins and needles. Hes been done 3 yrs.

As far as this union winning? LOL. Please. Forget it. The union is a total joke. Its not their business or money. Look for them all to be fired and new ones hired.

Can you imagine McClatchy news and sports writers demanding millions each more and going on strike? Can you say hit the road jack?

Forget the Newton scoundrel. It aint gonna happen in Caroline. Waste of time.

Posted by: dreamworld | Apr 26, 2011 1:56:48 PM

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