After seven grueling weeks of the NFL lockout, the National Football League Player Association (NFLPA) finally won the battle, but the war is still on.
Put a smile and your shoulder pads on (depending on how much of a NFL fan you are) football fans because the lockout is no more for now.
U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ordered for the lockout to be ended Monday due to the convincing argument of the NFLPA's representatives, multiple sources confirmed. A $9 billion dollar pie is being argued over by both sides. Long story short, the owners want to keep a large portion of that huge pie, but the players are trying to turn their nibbles into significant bites.
According to NFL.com, The NFL owners quickly appealed the decision because they believe the district court overstepped its boundaries and the NFL sought justice from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.
Nelson granted the request of the NFLPA to lift the lockout because she was influenced by their argument that the lockout has damaged their ability to enhance and better their careers.
The NFLPA "have made a strong showing that allowing the League to continue their 'lockout' is presently inflicting, and will continue to inflict, irreparable harm upon them, particularly when weighed against the lack of any real injury that would be imposed on the NFL by issuing the preliminary injunction," Nelson wrote in her injunction.
Even with this good news the lockout can possibly be reinstated if the NFL's appeal is granted. If it is denied, the NFL will be obligated to continue normal activities and business as scheduled, but the rules and regulations that control those activities together will still be under construction.
Mind you this decision came days before the highly anticipated 2011 NFL Draft that will take place on Apr. 28. A NFL record, 25 invited guests will attend the event. Some of the notable attendees will be Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Patrick Patterson and A.J. Green.