A group of business owners and elected officials representing the states that host NFL teams has filed a brief in support of the players to have the lockout lifted. The brief claims that the federal court made the correct decision when they lifted the lockout.
“This injunction is about far more than the paychecks of the players or the fortunes of the owners,” read the brief. “It is also about the livelihoods of the business owners whose livelihoods depend on NFL game day and the taxpayers and elected officials who have committed their scarce resources to the NFL enterprise.
“The NFL is a multi-billion-dollar business, with a significant economic impact on the markets in which its teams are located. In addition to employing workers directly, the NFL’s teams also drive business for hotels, restaurants, bars, and other service industries. As a result, the NFL’s lockout threatens the livelihood of thousands of American workers.”
What will come of this brief is yet to be seen, but it can only help the players case. The studies proving how important NFL games are to the economy of those 32 host cities has to have some impact on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision. Let’s hope they eventually decide to uphold the federal courts ruling.
To read the brief in full, click here.