NFL Lockout Lifted: Fans Rejoice, Then Realize Nobody Knows What's Next

Jacqueline Moen-KadlecContributor IIIApril 26, 2011

Greetings from the Frozen Tundra, friends!

While listening to my local news this evening, I heard something that made me nearly spin myself out of my computer chair.  An Easter miracle has occurred!  The NFL Lockout has been lifted!  U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ended the lockout! 

My mind began to spin, as the thought that there could be a 2011 NFL season made my heart fill with joy!  I immediately went to the Internet.  Imagine this, football fans:  a furry Norwegian scurrying to her computer, while hooting with glee, and immediately scrolling through the news reports saying that the Lockout is to be immediately lifted, as ordered by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson.

And this from a Judge based in Minneapolis!  Who would've thought that a judge in Vikings territory would rule in favor of lifting the Lockout when the Packers could potentially dominate another year?

And then, the sobering news: the NFL plans to appeal the decision.

So, friends, what does this mean to the average football fan, without all the legal mumbo jumbo?  And the answer is this:  Who knows?

The NFL, according to Dave Campbell in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, must resume business if Judge Nelson Richard's order stands.  This would not only affect free agency, salary caps and contracts, but also would have an affect on antitrust lawsuits that could be brought on by NFL teams, if the ruling stands. 

Okay, so what does this all mean?  Well, it means still no resolution.

Again, as football fans, we are faced with the great unknown.  While there has been movement in the legal system in regard to the lockout, the start of the 2011 NFL football season is still a big ol' question mark for fans.  Stays, appeals, and billions of dollars of revenue...and a bunch of fans who just want to watch football, and players who want to play football, and people who want to go to work in the stadiums, ticket agencies and taverns.

Put the beer down, friends.  You will have to grit your teeth and patiently wait just a little bit longer.

On second thought, you may want to drink that beer to pass the time until this all gets sorted out.

Have a good week, friends.

Sources:

Campbell, Dave.  "Federal Judge Backs Players, Grants Injunction to Lift NFL Lockout; League Promises Appeal."  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on-line edition.

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