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NFL Lockout Lifted, But What Exactly Does That Mean?

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So the big news today has had a lot of people feeling a sense of relief. A judge has ordered the end of the NFL lockout, giving the players an early victory in their battle with the owners over how to split the money in the $9 billion business.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said she ruled in favor of the players due to their convincing argument that the lockout, which was in it’s 2nd month, was causing “irreparable harm to their careers.”

The plaintiffs “have made a strong showing that allowing the League to continue their ‘lockout’ is presently inflicting, and will continue to inflict, irreparable harm upon them, particularly when weighed against the lack of any real injury that would be imposed on the NFL by issuing the preliminary injunction,” Nelson wrote.

Of course naturally the NFL has promised an immediate appeal.

But what does this all mean ? With words like “union” and “injunction” and “stay” Can’t we just have our “season?” Most of the NFL fans don’t even know whats really going on with this dispute with all the legal mumbo-jumbo that keeps piling on by the day.  It’s complicated … but basically it comes down to one question that both sides can’t seem to agree on. How should the revenue generated by the NFL be split amongst the players and the owners?

The players have a great argument. Without them: There are no bodies to make up the teams that we root for. The jerseys we buy. The highlights. The unparalleled sizzle & excitement of the NFL.

But, someone has to manage such an industry that can house such great talent. Provide and staff the stadiums they play in. Foot the bill for gear, production, helmets, manage salaries, employ coaches, build franchises, fill the seats etc. This is where the owners have a great argument as well.

If you are like me, you just want both the players and the owners to figure it all out.

How do you think the money should be split up between players and owners ?

Get informed with all the fine print and the full scoop on this $9 billion dollar fiasco here, and comment below !!!

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