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NFL lockout is far from over

The National Football League has reached a sad state, and now has become bizarre. While the NFLPA has claimed a victory because a federal judge has ordered the league to end its lockout, we're really no closer to having pro football for the upcoming season than we were Sunday night.

Privately, NFL owners are extremely confident they will get a stay of the ruling, keeping the lockout in place. Regardless, right now everything is still in flux as far as minicamps, passing camps and even training camp.

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Ravens receiver Derrick Mason said the end of the lockout is a victory for the fans, but that is just public relations posturing. When have owners and players ever cared about the fans? Both sides are more interested in putting more money in their own pockets than worrying about fans.

I get the feeling there will be a stay keeping the lockout in place, and we'll be back to where we were before as far as the lockout. I still have a feeling there will not be a new collective bargaining agreement in place until there is a sense of urgency on both sides, and that won't happen until training camp opens or one or two weeks into the regular season.

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"What does this end to a lockout mean?" asked Ravens Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis. "Does this mean we can just go into the building? Does this mean we can have contact with the coaches. The bottom line is that there is no deal done yet."

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