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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It looks like right now, the NFL lockout may be over. A federal judge ordered an end to the lockout today, claiming it was causing irreversible harm to players’ careers. But, the lockout might not be lifted for long. The NFL has said they plan to appeal the order.

“I think today’s a big day for the players because it shows that the judge ruled in favor of us from the stand point that it’s hurting our ability to workout,” said Connor Barth, a native of Wilmington and kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Barth says he’s supposed to be working out with his team and preparing for the 2011 season, but since the NFL lockout started in March, he wasn’t even sure if there would be a next season.

“It wasn’t just effecting the players,” said Barth. “It’s effecting hotels, it’s effecting people that work concessions, it’s effecting everybody, and I think the judge saw that and there’s just no reason for that to be happening. There should be a season and we should just get things worked out.”

Jay Ross, a New Hanover High School graduate and rookie on the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers says the lockout has been difficult for him because he is so new to the league.

“Last year was my first year so I still have a lot of work to do,” said Ross. “Not being able to be around your teammates and the older guys and them not being able to help coach you was kind of tough for me.”

Though the NFL has promised to appeal the judge’s order to lift the lockout, Ross says he’s optimistic about next season.

“I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a season,” said Ross. “There was talk of not being able to go back until September, which is skipping training camp and all that, but regardless there is going to be a season. I mean, everybody sits around on Thanksgiving and watches football. You can’t go a whole year without football.”

Both Ross and Barth say they haven’t spoken to their coaches since the lockout started and hope that with it being lifted, they can finally talk to them.

The NFL Draft will take place Thursday through Saturday as scheduled under a provision in the now expired collective bargaining agreement.

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5 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: NFL lockout lifted, area players discuss implications"

John Difloure
2015 years 9 months ago

Pray tell me what business it is of the government to stop a lockout because careers might be ruined. These activist judges make me puke!

2015 years 9 months ago

Simple fix. Do not watch NFL, do not buy tickets, and do not buy merchandise. I used to watch NHL, MLB, and NBA but do not any longer secondary to the strikes that they have had. Now it looks like NFL is next. If enough people were truly disgusted, as I am, with these greedy SOBs, then it would dry up and go the way of lava lamps. It’s sad that people spend more time watching a bunch of dang crybabies play a GAME that they spend with their family. Realize people that a bunch of these sissies make more playing a SINGLE GAME than you will make in your ENTIRE LIFE.

2015 years 9 months ago

Connor is a good guy. He doesn’t make close to 3Mil, more like a couple hundred thousand. I agree with you though that it’s trivial since they all make ridiculous amounts of money, however.

2015 years 9 months ago

Oh boo hoo, i’m only going to make 3 million dollars this season and i can’t afford my own health insurance or retirement. now even the millionaires think they are entitled. I don’t feel sorry for anyone making this kind of money and think the players should be fired and the union disbanded. It is only going to drive ticket prices up so that just like taxes, the middle class gets screwed again.

2015 years 9 months ago

for you outrageously overpaid jocks and owners. This is not sports anymore, it’s show me the money. That’s all sports today. I wish they would shut down for a year or two, or at least till your jock swollen heads come back to reality and play for the game again, not the money. Today’s jocks have to be on drugs to play.

The sportsmen of yesteryear would kick you butts, you whiney whimps.


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