Don’t buy the burgers for your tailgate party just yet. A federal judge in Minneapolis ruled for the NFL players on Monday, ordering the team owners to end their lockout. But an appeal is certain.
Judge Susan Nelson made her order effective immediately, so it appears the teams must have their offices open for normal business on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean much for a football team in April.
“We will promptly seek a stay from Judge Nelson pending an expedited appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. We believe that federal law bars injunctions in labor disputes. We are confident that the Eighth Circuit will agree. But we also believe that this dispute will inevitably end with a collective bargaining agreement, which would be in the best interests of players, clubs and fans. We can reach a fair agreement only if we continue negotiations toward that goal,” said a statement from the NFL.
Mediation is set to resume May 16th.