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Fight suddenly over for players?

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08:04 AM ET 05.17 | In a battle of attrition, the writing may be on the wall for the players. The bad news is all there on Page 11, clear as can be for NFL players to read. It's the most depressing page of the most depressing ruling on the most depressing day of their two-month labor dispute with the league. The United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals didn't just grant NFL owners a stay, which keeps the lockout going. It all but assured that it's next ruling in June would be even more crushing for the players, who had gotten their hopes up after Judge Susan Nelson's initial decision last month. Suddenly it's well-past time for the players to consider how far they are willing to take this battle.

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May 17, 2011  08:06 AM ET

The players shouldn't give up that easily, and they won't, this will go on.

May 17, 2011  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The players shouldn't give up that easily, and they won't, this will go on.

And on, and on, and on!

May 17, 2011  08:10 AM ET

Well the owners can be as stubborn as they want to be. But eventually they will need to pay their bills too. This doesn't just hurt the players. Empty stadiums don't pay the mortgage.

May 17, 2011  08:16 AM ET

Owners have the right to run their business. I never understood how the initial court ruling went against them in the first place.

Once again - what the hell do I know...

May 17, 2011  08:16 AM ET

I'm so disgusted with this whole wretched mess. They need to just get together & work this out, no matter what it takes. Do they not care how many fans they could potentially lose? Millionaires & billionaires fighting over money! Revolting!

May 17, 2011  08:23 AM ET

Yup yup...looks like the Owners bought themselves a victory.

May 17, 2011  08:28 AM ET

If I were graduating, I wouldn't want to listen to this swine give the commencement speech.

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May 17, 2011  08:37 AM ET

End the lockout already! Time for some football!

May 17, 2011  08:42 AM ET

It is not over til the fat judge sings and the players will get things they want.

May 17, 2011  08:44 AM ET

Anytime you rely on courts and lawyers to solve something it becomes a cluster!@#%

May 17, 2011  09:06 AM ET

How much did the NFL owners slip the writer of this bit of propaganda. Unlike the owners, the players don't have billion dollar stadiums and loans to buy their team to pay off.

The owners are going to get $4 billion from the TV networks, whether games are played or not - however, that money is a loan and will be deducted from future payments. That is lost revenue to the owners that they will never get back.

May 17, 2011  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

End the lockout already! Time for some football!

Whole heartedly agree.

May 17, 2011  09:07 AM ET
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Owners have the right to run their business. I never understood how the initial court ruling went against them in the first place. Once again - what the hell do I know...

your right Otis....the owners own the franchises so they each run there company(franchise) how they want, players are just high payed employees of the company

May 17, 2011  09:09 AM ET

From what I've been reading, I thought the players' are still angling for their case to be heard in front of the Supreme Court. Brady vs the NFL is still the main battle; all this other stuff seems like skirmishes leading up to the main event. But as a fan, I'm getting more pessimistic the more this goes on.

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May 17, 2011  09:18 AM ET

end this thing and get back to work...

 
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