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Federal Judge Lifts NFL Lockout

Publication Date: 
April 25, 2011
San Jose Mercury News
Associated Press

Professor William B. Gould spoke with the Associated Press on what the decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, granting an injunction to end the NFL lockout, means for both the players and owners.

A federal judge gave professional football players a significant victory Monday, granting an injunction to stop the NFL's six-week-long lockout. The league filed a brief late Monday asking U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson to stay her decision so that it does not have to open for business immediately.

If the stay is not granted by Nelson or the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the NFL will have to put rules in place that would allow players to return to work and free agency to open within days, creating a flurry of activity that would mimic the normal operations of an offseason. Teams would be allowed to hold workouts with players, and players would be permitted to meet with trainers to rehabilitate injuries and with coaches to study game film.


Stanford law professor William B. Gould IV, former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, said the decision for the players is "huge" if it holds up to appeal.

"If it's sustained, this reduces the leverage of the owners immeasurably," he said.