NFL team owners in court continue to lose fan support

By Jovani Gama |Staff Writer|

Standing at the doorstep of the upcoming NFL Season, fans and players still find themselves locked out.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled May 15 that the emergency stay given last month that kept the lockout in place can remain at least until a final ruling is issued.

This decision blocked an order given last month by U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson to lift the lockout.

The final ruling won’t come until at least late June after both sides in the Brady v. NFL antitrust lawsuit present their case to the 8th Circuit in St. Louis

After such an exciting and riveting 2010 season, there was a buzz about the upcoming season.

The draft only added to the appeal as many star players such as Cam Newton and Von Miller will look to change their team’s recent misfortunes around.

Students here at CSUSB are starting to get excited too.

“I’m a Cowboys fan and I am very excited to see how Tyron Smith plays for us. Overall, there are a lot of teams that made some progress, and I think that teams that have been bad will be forces to be reckoned with next season,” said student Neftali Fernandez.

It is true, many teams who have been struggling as of late made giant leaps in their attempt to be forces in 2011. Those teams may have to wait one more year however to put their new talents and skills on display.

While it may be hard to accept the fact that there may be a lockout next year, the fact is that negotiations have stalled and that the clock is still ticking away.

New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft recently shared his thoughts on the situation.

“We were negotiating in the first part of March under the guidance of the federal mediator and from the NFL’s perspective we thought we had put fair things on the table and we’re having rational dialogue,” said Kraft according to

Kraft believes that after standing up and walking away from the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations in March, the players are to blame for the current situation.

“I feel that they should have stuck around during negotiations and should have gotten the situation resolved. I really want there to be football next year, and I hope they can make it happen,” said student Michael Slater.

In the Feb. 14 edition of the Coyote Chronicle, J. Levi Burnfin reported that the amount of money players are receiving, the new 18 game schedule, and the rookie wage scale are the biggest issues that must be resolved in order to complete the new CBA.

The lifeline for next year’s NFL season is slowly thinning out.

If an agreement isn’t made soon, fans and players can kiss the 2011 season goodbye.


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