The NFL isnâ€™t satisfied with a temporary stay.
This morning, ESPN reports the league filed an 18-page brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, outlining its case for a permanent stay of last weekâ€™s injunction to lift the lockout.Â The NFL argues U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson lacked the authority to get involved in the labor conflict.Â Â A week ago, Nelson granted the playersâ€™ request to block the lockout.
In its brief, the NFL insists the National Labor Relations Board â€“ not Nelson â€“ has the authority to make such a ruling.
Nelson wrote in her decision, “the irreparable harm [of a lockout] to the players outweighs any harm an injunction would cause the NFL.”Â The league maintains the opposite, saying itâ€™s the owners who are harmed if the lockout is lifted, and the players are mostly unaffected, since this process should be completed this offseason.
Until a decision is made, player transactions, such as trades, free agent signings, or cuts are in limbo.
The 8th Circuit could decide as early as today whether to issue the permanent stay or uphold Nelsonâ€™s ruling.
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