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Owners Get Permanent Stay

The league won a battle in court today.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday decided that the league's lockout of its players should stay in place until a full appeal is heard on whether it is legal, which means until at least the first week of June and possibly much longer.


The appellate court said it believed the NFL has proven it "likely will suffer some degree of irreparable harm without a stay." It also cast doubt on the conclusions of U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, who ruled April 25 that the lockout should be lifted -- only to have the 8th Circuit panel put her decision on hold four days later.


Despite going to such efforts to keep the lockout in place, the owners will tell you they really want the lockout to end. How this is true, I could not tell you, but they say so.