NFL Files Brief With U.S. Circuit Court

NFL says appeal shouldn't affect 2011 season

      MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The NFL says it believes an appeal over the
lockout can be “readily be resolved” during the offseason.
      The NFL filed a brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
in St. Louis on Monday, arguing that the lockout should remain on
hold permanently while the two sides hash things out in court. A
three-judge panel of the appeals court put an order lifting the
lockout on hold temporarily last week and the owners reinstated the
lockout a few hours later.
      In an 18-page brief, the NFL again argued that U.S. District
Judge Susan Richard Nelson shouldn't have jurisdiction over a
matter that grew from a labor dispute.
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