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Appeals court backs NFL lockout

Publication Date: 
July 08, 2011
Source: 
Chicago Tribune
Author: 
Sam Farmer

Professor William Gould spoke with Sam Farmer in this Chicago Tribune article on the NFL lockout and how a new ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is a victory for the owners.

In a decision that is significant but not surprising, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a ruling in favor of the NFL on Friday, five weeks after hearing oral arguments on whether the league could lock out its players.

The lockout will remain in place -- something the appellate court strongly indicated in its preliminary opinion in May.

The 34-page decision comes as, by all accounts, the NFL and players are making substantial progress toward a new labor deal, a critical juncture considering training camps and exhibition games are less than a month away.

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"Obviously this appears to be a great victory for the owners," said Stanford law professor William B. Gould, former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. "But both sides had to be bargaining in anticipation of this kind of ruling."