The NFL is falling behind in its court fight with the players over the future of the $9 billion business.
The federal judge who lifted the lockout two days ago dealt another blow to the league late Wednesday, denying its request to put her ruling on hold pending appeals and guaranteeing more limbo for the 32 teams, thousands of players and millions of fans.
U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson wrote that the NFL “has not met its burden for a stay pending appeal, expedited or otherwise.”
She dismissed the NFL’s argument that she didn’t have jurisdiction and that it is facing irreparable harm because of her decision to end the 45-day lockout.
Broncos defensive end Jason Hunter was stabbed in Detroit, reportedly in his left shoulder, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. His agent said the wound wasn’t life-threatening. ... Browns running back Peyton Hillis will be on the cover of video game Madden NFL 12 after beating Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick in a vote by fans. ... Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, indicted on a charge of misdemeanor sexual abuse, has no intention of accepting a proffered plea deal, his lawyer said.