NFL lockout over, sort of

Former NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith arrives for court ordered mediation at the U.S....

Former NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith arrives for court ordered mediation at the U.S. Courthouse last week in Minneapolis. (HANNAH FOSLIEN/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:46 AM ET

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. Itís 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 Nelsonís decision ó 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 Nelsonís 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.


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