NFL Draft overshadowed by messy labour dispute

TAGs: football, NFL Draft, NFL Lockout

NFL Draft 2011This week represents a big week for sports bettors and it’s not because of the NHL Playoffs or the NBA Playoffs, it’s because of the NFL Draft! The NFL Draft kicks off tomorrow and bettors couldn’t be happier to be betting on football again and sportsbooks are once again reminded how beautiful the game of football is for the bottom line.

But we’re still in muddy waters.

A judge has ruled the NFL Lockout illegal and ordered it to end but the NFL has appealed that decision. According to, “NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora spoke with one NFL executive who described the league’s approach to players showing up to team facility as “Be nice,” with teams instructed to allow players in the facility. Team personnel will “explain we’re waiting to hear” word regarding a decision on a stay. Team representatives will “ask them to wait until that ruling,” to begin going about what would be a normal workday this time of year, which generally consists of a morning workout.”

That didn’t happen.

Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and receiver Anthony Armstrong showed up ready for a workout yesterday at team facilities and were shown the door after Redskins GM told players they couldn’t workout at the team’s facilities. So who knows what will happen next or how long it will last, especially if the owners win their appeal.

The one positive we can take is that the NFL draft is tomorrow and we at least get one more taste of NFL action before it’s ripped away again.


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