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Irreprabale Harm: Good for the fans?

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Could be nothing...but could be pivotal point in starting 2011 NFL season and providing more motivation to get a deal negotiated. Excerpts for PFT: The league argues that it will suffer irreparable harm, if it’s forced to proceed with business as usual while the appeal proceeds. "[I]t will not be possible to unscramble the eggs," the NFL writes regarding the prospect of a stop-and-start to the league year, with the 2011 league year beginning absent a stay and ending after a successful appeal of Judge Nelson’s ruling. Given Judge Nelson’s assessment of similar factors in deciding to implement the injunction that lifts the lockout, it’s hard to envision Judge Nelson deciding that it’s the league and not the players who now must be protected against irreparable harm. Thus, while we believe that it would be more orderly and sensible to avoid ending the lockout and then starting it again, Judge Nelson easily could conclude that it makes more sense to err on the side of protecting the players against ongoing irreparable harm than to protect the league against harm that is more annoying than irreparable.

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