As this year's NFL draft approaches, there is still not collective bargaining agreement and players are locked out, but the first judge order does favor the players. Of course, if this dispute stays in the court system it could drag on endlessly with appeals so hopefully the two sides can work it out on their own. However, even with an appeal looming, this decision has to irk the owners who appear to be losing some leverage in this dispute. Perhaps now the owners may be more willing to be more flexible to end this dispute altogether and let the NFL get back to work.
A federal judge on Monday ordered an end to the NFL lockout, giving the players an early victory in their fight with the owners over how to divide the $9 billion business.