NFL Players Want To End Lockout

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Fighting to get back on the field. NFL players and owners face off in a courtroom over the lockout threatening next season.

Mark Viviano explains the players are pleading their case.

Will there be NFL this fall? The players and the owners are engaged in a bit of courtroom football.

Now as they kick their arguments back and forth in front of a judge, it appears to be the start of a long, legal process.

A handful of NFL players showed up in a federal court, looking to get back on the field. All players are currently out of work. The owners locked them out after a collective bargaining negotiation broke down last month.

Now the players are asking a judge to issue an injunction and end the lockout.

“Players are arguing that the lockout violates anti-trust laws,” said Jan Crawford, CBS legal correspondent. “That’s a very difficult argument to make but one that experts say the players may actually prevail on.”

Big stars like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady did not come to court but are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The owners have brought in high-profile attorney David Boies, who represented Al Gore during the 2000 presidential recount. He argues that the players walked away from negotiations too soon.

The owners want to get back to the bargaining table; the players want to go back to work.

Judge Susan Nelson’s rule in the case could play a role in any future negotiations.

NFL owners said they need a bigger chunk of the league’s $9 billion in profits for stadiums and other expenses.

“The stakes here are huge,” Crawford said. “Judge Nelson’s decision will give whichever side wins enormous bargaining power.”

Fans feel caught in the middle.

“Everyone’s afraid there’s not going to be a season come September,” said Randy Rose, Steelers fan.

“As a fan you feel frustrated, you feel upset, and you feel like your voice is not even being heard,” said Dre Burshaine, Seattle fan.

No matter what the judge rules, the decision will likely be appealed.

There is some business that can go on during this court process. The NFL Draft is coming up this month, and that will take place regardless of the status of the lockout.

Stay with WJZ for complete coverage of the NFL labor dispute. We will keep you updated on what happens.

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  1. Jan says:

    Knowing this situation will be dragged out over a long period, we the fans have an obligation to pay for season tickets regardless. If the lockout continues I feel that there is an obligation by the NFL to not take payments for season tickets until its resolved. Basically If we dont pay for tickets we are in breach of contract. So woulnd it be safe to say that the reverse could be said?
    food for thought

  2. Joel Raes says:

    Yeah, cuz we wanna see some football in 2011.

    Thanks,

    Joel Raes

  3. The players should be worried about not having the season because all these owners care about is money. They dont care as much about the game and the effect it will have on peoples lives. They just worry all about the money part and will continue to do so until they reach an agreement.

  4. couldcarelessin baltimore says:

    This entire issue is WILD. I am not a football fan and I could care less if we have a season. 9 billion dollars!!!!!! You mean to tell me GROWN MEN cannot decide how to divide 9 billion dollars. This is some Greedy Mess.

  5. SOCCERFAN says:

    ITS JUST A GAME, PEOPLE! GET OVER IT! ITS BS THAT THEY GET PAID THAT MUCH TO PLAY AN ELABORATE GAME OF FETCH IN THE FIRST PLACE. TUNE INTO SOCCER; THE REAL FOOTBALL! THAT’S A GOOD GAME TO WATCH AND THEY ACTUALLY PLAY INSTEAD OF STAND AROUND HALF THE TIME. HOW LONG DOES 30 MINUTES LAST IN A FOOTBALL GAME? WHO KNOWS! IT COULD GO ON FOREVER! HOW LONG DOES 30 MINUTES LAST IN SOCCER? 30 MINUTES! I HOPE THE WHOLE INDUSTRY SHUTS DOWN FOR GOOD! ITS ALL USELESS ANYWAY! BUNCH OF EGO-MANIACS IS ALL THEY ARE.

    1. THE REAL FOOTBALL? haha thats funny, soccer is just about boring as golf. You got a bunch of guys running around for 2 hours and you rarely even see a decent shot taken and most games end in either a 0-0 tie or it’s 1-0. Give me a break. Football generates 9 billion dollars a year and the Superbowl is the most watched program of the year. Soccer just isn’t excting enough to compete with football.

      1. SOCCERFAN says:

        HAVE YOU EVER ACTUALLY WATCHED A GAME? I THOUGHT THE SAME THING UNTIL I SAT DOWN AND PAID ATTENTION. IT TAKES A LOT MORE EFFORT AND STAMENA (SP?) TO PLAY SOCCER THEN FOOTBALL. AND THE ONLY REASON IT HAS NOT CAUGHT ON IN THE STATES IS BECAUSE OF IGNORACE AND NEGLECT TO PAY ATTENTION LIKE WHAT YOU ARE DEMONSTRATING. AND THE REASON THE SCORES ARE NOT THAT HIGH IS BECAUSE THEY PLAY A TOUGH GAME AND IT TAKES A LOT MORE SKILL TO SCORE IN SOCCER THAN IT DOES IN FOOTBALL… AND THEY DON’T HAVE TO DO A STUPID 10 MINUTE DANCE EVERYTIME THEY SCORE EITHER. SO, “VOICEOFSPORTS2011”, MAYBE YOU SHOULD WATCH ALL SPORTS BEFORE YOU DIS THE REAL FOOTBALL.

      2. SOCCERFAN says:

        AND THE ONLY REASON THE SUPERBOWL GATHERS THAT MUCH CASH IS FOR THE COMMERCIALS!!!! NOT THE GAME!

  6. The reason it hasn’t caught on in the states is because America likes exciting and soccer is not exciting at all. No one wants to see these lowscoring snooze fests. The ball is constantly kicked around with limited control. It seems like both teams ever rarely have control of it before the other team defends it, just not a lot of action. And yes i have watched it, not a fan, just like America isnt a fan. Also, your telling me it’s harder for a 5’9 150lb soccer player to kick a ball through a net than it is for a running back to run through a hole and run through or avoid 6’4 300lb muscular linebackers trained to take their head off? I dont think so. I never said anything about the Super Bowl getting cash, I said VIEWERS. The Superbowl has the most VIEWERS of any of television program year-round. The commericials dont bring veiwers in, the game does. The commercials are who pay the money for the ad. Read before you state something. Also the Super Bowl being watched for than the FIFA World Cup by waaaay more people should tell you all you need to know.

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