Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Eighth circuit grants NFL’s request for expedited hearing

NFL Labor Football

FILE - At left, in a Feb. 7, 2010, file photo, NFL Commissiner Roger Goodell is shown at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. At right, in a Jan. 4, 2010, file photo, DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Legal Issues Relating to Football Head Injuries, Part II” in Detroit. Goodell and Smith began their latest negotiating session for a new collective bargaining agreement Thursday, Feb. 25. 25, 2010, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/File)


As the football world awaits for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on the NFL’s request for a stay of injunction to lift the lockout, the court has granted another request.

NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports the court will hold an expedited hearing, with the fun starting June 3rd in St. Louis. The hearing will include 30 minute arguments from both sides. (There is also a briefing schedule for those of you who are really curious.)

So we know when the appeal will be heard. The only thing left to learn is whether NFL business will be conducted in the meantime.

If the court grants the NFL’s request for a stay, the lockout will be back on. Teams and the journalists covering them will essentially have a month to kill. (Plus the time for the court to make a ruling on the appeal.)

If the court doesn’t grant the stay, we could soon be reporting on the wildest free agent period of all time.