Judge denies NFL request to freeze lockout ruling

The federal judge who lifted the NFL lockout has denied the league's request to put her ruling on hold. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson wrote late Wednesday that the NFL "has not met its burden for a stay pending appeal, expedited or otherwise." The league wanted Nelson to keep the lockout in place while it appeals her ruling, arguing that starting free agency and other football activities before there's clarity on the status of this case could be damaging to the league's competitive balance and general operations. Players wrote to the judge earlier Wednesday to argue against the league's request for a stay, contending that a continuation of the lockout harms the NFL as much as it does the players. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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