After U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson granted an injunction yesterday lifting the NFL lockout after 45 days, a lot of people seemed to be the under impression pro football was finally out of the work stoppage woods. This is not the case. To help you understand the implications of the Judge Nelson's ruling and identify the legal wrangling that's yet to come, we've assembled a list of frequently asked questions to help make sense of it all.
So the lockout is over, right?
Kind of. Judge Nelson's 89-page ruling enjoined the lockout, meaning NFL teams have to open the doors of their facilities to players, some of whom have already started showing up for work. She rejected the NFL's claim that the union's decertification was a sham, which gave players grounds to sue as individuals. She also rwrote the plaintiffs (led by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady) 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"