Judge Susan Nelson
This argument is all about the staying power of the players. If they are willing to go the distance, even with the expected loss in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the NFL could actually miss some games this year.
The three judges of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals now have time to rule on the motion for a stay pending the appeal. If that stay is granted, the NFL lockout will continue.
Judge Susan Nelson, in federal district court in Minnesota, refused to grant the NFL a stay of her previous ruling, which ruling held that there could not continue to be a lockout by the owners of the players.
Hard to believe that a federal judge in Minnesota would be the one to recognize the interests of NFL fans. But that’s exactly what Judge Nelson did at page 87 of her opinion.