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Uncertainty Likely to Prevail

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The football world held its breath Monday night, trying to figure out what Judge Susan Nelson's ruling to lift the lockout imposed by National Football League owners means. It's possible, though not at all likely, that the Minneapolis judge's ruling could open the 32 teams' doors for official business as early as Tuesday.

There were many more questions than answers Monday night after Nelson's 89-page ruling backed the players in their fight to stop NFL owners from locking out the players to force negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. The most pressing question, obviously: What happens now?

The league filed two motions with Nelson's court Monday night. The first was a motion of clarification, seeking more information on the practical implications of the 89-page ruling. The second was a motion to stay her ruling while the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals...

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