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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 07/08/2011

NFL Lockout: 8th Circuit Court rules 2-1 to allow lockout to continue

A surprisingly-timed ruling from the 8th Circuit Court to allow the NFL lockout may put more pressure on NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell (left) and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith to reach a resolution. (Brian Blanco - AP)
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 to allow the NFL lockout to continue .

Read the full story from Post NFL reporter Mark Maske

And while the decision from the court does not come as a surprise to most, the timing does. The ruling may not impede the current negotiations between NFL owners and players, but it could place added urgency on their talks.

The ruling tosses out an April 25 decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson that side with the players who argued the lockout subjected them to irreparable harm. Citing the Norris-LaGuardia Act — which prohibits a judge from issuing an injuction in a labor dispute — the two Republican-appointed judges on the court ruled to allow the lockout while the lone Democrat appointee dissented.

However, the court’s ruling also stated that players not currently under contract — rookies and free agents — cannot be locked out by the league because they have no current employment relationship.

Read the 8th Circuit Court’s full ruling here.

Rapid reactions from around the web:

BREAKING NEWS: 8TH Circuit over rules lower court decision enjoining lockoutless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of appeals has ruled and overturned the lockout-blocking injunction. In other words, the lockout is legal. #NFLless than a minute ago via Seesmic Favorite Retweet Reply

Most people thought the 8th Circuit would hold off on issuing opinion b/c negotiations were making progress. So much for that.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

8th Circuit timing a surprise but actual ruling was expected. That was clear to players/owners when overruled Judge Nelson on lockoutless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

So, very doubtful this ruling impacts current negotiations; also, players anti-trust suit still lingers, especially in September.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

In other words, both sides should remain focused on a deal with urgency. If not done by next week, then it's a problem.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

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