As you’ve probably heard by now, there was NFL labor issue-related news late Monday afternoon. This is obviously a sensitive topic with complex issues layered on top of more complex issues, so for the time being we’re going to simply give you verbatim the update from NFL.com to keep you in the loop.
As more information becomes available and becomes appropriate to share, we’ll have it for you right here on vikings.com.
The following update is from NFL.com’s Albert Breer, who has been covering this issue for the League’s website:
The plaintiffs in the Brady et al v. National Football League case were granted an injunction on Monday by Judge Susan Nelson, lifting the NFL lockout, if temporarily.
The NFL’s stance on the matter now is that the lockout rules remain intact until Nelson, and then the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, rule on whether or not the ruling will be stayed upon appeal. In reaction to Nelson’s ruling, the league filed its appeal with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and a request for a stay with Nelson on Monday night.
“We believe that federal law bars injunctions in labor disputes,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in statement, prior to filing the appeal. “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.”
The news set the stage for an interesting Tuesday morning, with the possibility of many players reporting to their respective team’s headquarters.
Aiello said late Monday night that if players show up, they will be allowed into facilities.
“If a player comes to the facility, he will be treated courteously and with respect,” Aiello said.
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