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NFL Statement on Lockout Ruling

The league has sent a press release on today's ruling.

We will promptly seek a stay from Judge Nelson pending an expedited appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. We believe that federal law bars injunctions in labor disputes. We are confident that the Eighth Circuit will agree.  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.

While I think the league has done a better job than the players in its PR campaign, I wonder how this changes the dynamics. Since the league is seeking in court to essentially overturn a ruling that ends the lockout, are people going to take the side of the owners? A successful league appeal will take football back away from us.