news: NFL, players state lockout cases; court to rule in ‘due course’

ST. LOUIS — Lawyers for the NFL and its players met before a three-judge panel Friday at the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, with the judges considering the league’s appeal of an injunction lifting the nearly three-month lockout.

Kermit Bye, the presiding judge in the hearing — and the lone dissenter in the appeals court’s previous decisions to stay U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson Nelson’s April 25 ruling — said after the 90-minute hearing that the judges would rule “in due course.”

Bye added that the panel “wouldn’t be all that hurt if you go out and settle that case” and warned the decision will be one that neither party likes. That decision likely will come in 2 to 6 weeks.

Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general representing the league, opened oral arguments by attacking the validity of the NFL Players Association’s March 11 decertification. He maintained that, because of the non-statutory labor exemption, the league should have the right to lock out its players for at least one year. He also said the fact that this is the second time the NFLPA has decertified “ought to be a problem for them.”

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