At first glance it sounds like great news for NFL fans everywhere.
But upon closer inspection it could be nothing more than a temporary reprieve.
District court Judge Susan Richard Nelson on Monday granted an injunction to end the NFL lockout which began March 12. It’s a win for the players, no question, but it may be shortlived.
The NFL owners have already asked the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to stay Nelson’s decision — otherwise the league would be forced to re-open for business, immediately.
As soon as the league is open for business, the players have to be paid and trying to negotiate with a union while still paying them is not a strong position.
The stay is just step one. The league would then look to the Eighth Circuit court to overturn Nelson’s decision. If it does, the lockout would remain in effect and the players, who are not yet missing pay cheques, would eventually start to feel the pinch.