NFL owners win bid to keep lockout in place during appeal
May 17 (Bloomberg) — National Football League team owners can continue their labor lockout of players while awaiting a ruling on their appeal of a federal judge’s order that they end the ban.
The 32-team league is appealing U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s order directing it to lift an embargo on player transactions and access to team facilities. Nelson ruled on April 25 that the suing players showed they would probably suffer “irreparable harm” if the lockout continued.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis yesterday granted the owners’ stay request, enabling them to maintain the player ban they first imposed on March 12 until the panel rules on the merits of the NFL’s challenge to Nelson’s order.