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How to End The Lockout Today

The way to end the Lockout today is to have a person who is truly being irreparably harmed to request it.  The Players have said, in their suit requesting the end of the lockout, that the lack of training camps is doing irreparably harm to them. However, the owners point to someone like Reggie Bush, who said the lockout was like a vacation, as proof that this is not so. The NFL says that ending the Lockout would harm them. Thus, it is like a case of "He said, She said" with no irrefutable proof as to the impact of the lockout. It seems, the Judges in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, lacking this proof as to the impact, have made no final judgement on lifting the temporary stay on Judge Nelson's injunction. Thus, the injunction which would end the lockout is not enforced, and the lockout continues. It is beginning to look like the earliest we can expect action is June 3rd with the formal hearing at the Appeals Court.

However, there is one perfect person who everybody agrees is being irreparably harmed, and meets the criteria to end the Lockout today. That  perfect person to end this lockout would be an undrafted free agent from this years draft class. There is no doubt this lockout is doing irreparable harm to them. As John Clayton of ESPN said "the longer the 2011 class goes without coaching or training within the structure of teams, the more this class could be wasted" or Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News "If you had hoped to sign as an undrafted free agent... those are the guys who are really going to get hurt. You never get a second chance to start your career." Thus, the only criteria which the Judges need to lift the stay on the injunction, would be met, and this would end the lockout. 

 

These prospective players can not even contact teams, to see if they have a chance to become a professional NFL football player. The only requirement to be a member of this class, is that they were a draft eligible player. This person would not even have to be a good player, maybe they don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell, but they are being harmed because they will never know, nor will they have ever gotten the chance to know. Maybe we have the makings of another class action suite, that could only be avoided if the lockout ends. Any undrafted players out there hear me, please, we want our football back.

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