According to the New York Times today (April 25), Minnesota federal judge Susan Richard Nelson granted players an injunction to lift the National Football League lockout by the owners. In Brady (quarterback Tom Brady) vs. NFL, the judge denied the owners a stay. The league is expected to ask her for a stay tomorrow; if it isn't granted, they will go to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considered business-friendly. If neither court grants the stay, the NFL will have to allow players to return to work and free agency would be re-established. If either court grants a stay, the league will remain dormant while the owners appeal the injunction. If the appeals court knocks down Nelson's injunction, the lockout will continue "and players will have lost much of their leverage," says the Times. Bottom line: the 2011 season is still no sure thing. The battle is over money: the billionaire owners want a bigger slice of income flows, and millionaire players are against the idea.
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