With its players again barred from work, the NFL told a federal appeals court Monday the fight over whether the lockout is legal won't get in the way of the 2011 season.
The rest of the labor fight? That's anyone's guess.
The league filed an 18-page brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, arguing that the lockout should remain in effect permanently while appeals play out.
The appeals court put U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson's order lifting the 45-day lockout on hold temporarily last week. The owners reinstated the lockout a few hours later, and they want a more permanent stay of Nelson's order so they can argue that it should be overturned altogether.