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Judge Orders End Of NFL Lockout

Publication Date: 
April 25, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Sam Farmer

Professor William B. Gould spoke with Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times on U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson's decision to end the NFL lockout, and what it means for both the players and owners.

NFL players saw the labor fight tip in their favor Monday as a federal judge ordered the league to end its lockout, meaning football will continue while owners and players bicker over how to divide more than $9 billion in annual revenue.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in St. Paul, Minn., ordered an end to the 7-week-old lockout, saying she believed the players' argument that the situation was causing irreparable harm to their careers.


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.


Gould said that when he was NLRB chairman and took action against employers, the 8th Circuit frequently "was quite sympathetic to employers" and "they would reverse us quite frequently."

Added Gould: "I can't think of a court in the United States it would be better for an employer to be before than the 8th Circuit."