And around and around we go…
(CNN) — A federal appeals court on Friday granted a temporary stay of an April 25 lower court order that had ruled that National Football League owners could not lock out their players.
The 2-1 ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis allows NFL owners to again suspend football operations, as they seek to revise the current system and negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the league’s players.
“We are back to a lockout,” said 8th Circuit court clerk Michael Gans, who confirmed the court’s ruling.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said clubs were notified of the ruling Friday night.
“As a result, the clubs have been told that the prior lockout rules are reinstated effective immediately,” he said.
The football league’s owners imposed a lockout last month, after talks aimed at forging a new agreement broke down and the players officially disbanded their union.
Says the appeals court of the lockout:
The NFL then asked the federal appeals court in St. Louis to lift Nelson’s ruling. That led to Friday’s announcement, which became public during the second round of the NFL Draft — the last element covered under the previous agreement between the two sides.
Appeals court judges Duane Benton and Steven Colloton voted for the temporary stay, writing that they wanted to “give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the merits of the motion for a stay pending appeal.”
The lone dissenting judge, Kermit Bye, said that the temporary stay shouldn’t be granted — arguing unsuccessfully that such an order should apply only to an “emergency situation.”
This is some ol BS! Just get it over with already and let’s get back to muthafuggin’ football!!