NEW ORLEANS -- You had to figure the owners wouldn't take the players filing a lawsuit against them lying down.
Responding to the now-decertified NFL Players Association seeking to block the locking out, the owners are requesting that a federal judge not lift the lockout. They filed the motion in the same federal court in Minnesota where the players' lawsuit is scheduled to be heard on April 6.
The owners want to put a hold on the players' class-action suit until the National Labor Relations Board rules on the owners' complaint that the NFLPA's decertification is a sham and was done only as a tactic to sue them.
The owners feel if the NLRB declares that the players' union still exists it would strengthen their case against the players in federal court.