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Judge Nelson refuses to grant stay to league in lockout case

04.27.11 at 10:16 pm ET
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U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied a request from the league for a stay in its case against the players on Wednesday evening, which maintains her ruling from Monday that lifted the lockout that was put in place by the owners last month. The owners are expected to appeal Nelson’€™s ruling to the 8th Circuit Court in St. Louis.

Nelson wrote that the NFL ‘€œhas not met its burden for a stay pending appeal, expedited or otherwise.’€

‘€œIn short, the world of ‘€˜chaos’€™ the NFL claims it has been thrust into ‘€” essentially the ‘€˜free-market’€™ system this nation otherwise willfully operates under ‘€” is not compelled by this court’€™s order,’€ Nelson wrote.

The league had wanted Nelson ‘€” who ruled earlier this month for the players ‘€” to keep the lockout in place while the ruling was appealed, saying that if the league began football activities, it could be damaging to the league’€™s long-term health. Meanwhile, the players argued against a stay, saying that if the lockout was extended, the league and the players would continue to be harmed.

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