Owners' request for a stay denied

NFL players scored another victory in court tonight when U.S. Circuit Judge Susan Richard Nelson declined the request by owners to stay her decision from earlier this week.

Nelson lifted the lockout on Monday night, and that means the NFL could potentially be open for business again soon. But owners are not expected to start the new league year until the next appeal process is completed.

Owners are banking on having success in appealing the case to the Eight Circuit Court in St. Louis, but when the case will be considered is not known. Nelson has carefully crafted her work and it may be challenging for owners to find success. Players hold a significant advantage at this point. Players showed up at NFL facilities on Tuesday and were greeted but not allowed to return to work in terms of using weight rooms, etc. That may change soon. Stay tuned.

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