Breaking News: Federal Judge Nelson Rules in Favor of Players, Ends Lockout

Jeff ShullAnalyst IApril 25, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 21: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media during the NFL Annual Meetings at the Roosevelt Hotel on March 21, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Despite a NFL owners imposed lockout in effect since March 12 the league is conducting it's annual owners meeting in New Orleans(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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In a ruling that was expected, Federal Judge Susan Nelson has ruled in favor of the players, granting them their injunction against the NFL in regards to the lockout.

The immediate response of the NFL is to request a stay of the opinion, but they won't be able to do that in Nelson's court. The NFL will have to move forward at the 8th District Appellate Court.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen:

"The immediate impact of the ruling on the status of an estimated 500 free agent players and other player transactions is uncertain. If the league does not get the court to stay the ruling pending an appeal, the league will have to open its doors for players. The NFL also will have to decide whether to impose a similar system that has been in place under the previous collective bargaining agreement that expired on March 11."

For now, teams and players should be able to get in contact with one another, but it's unclear if that will actually happen, since the NFL response is supposed to happen right away.

This ruling comes in a response to the failed mediation talks ordered by Nelson that had been going on for a while now. It appears the two sides have not made much progress, and hopefully the appellate court does not keep this legal process going by not granting the NFL a stay in the opinion.