New Orleans Saints: TV Revenue Stall, Defensive Line And Pope Benedict XVI

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Saints DT Sedrick Ellis (Source: sportsgrumblings.com)

First there was the ruling by Judge Susan Nelson last month that award the NFL players a temporary injunction to effectively block the lockout, for roughly 48 hours. Next the NFL appealed the decision to the 8th Circuit Court, who in turn awarded the NFL a temporary stay to re-instate the lockout.

Today both sides met yet again, once more in a Minnesota Federal Court, but this time to decide the fate of $4 billion dollars in stashed TV revenues paid to the NFL by various networks, including DirecTV.

Over two months ago Judge David Doty, known to be a long time advocate of players rights, ruled the NFL could not used the funds on the grounds it had purposefully created a “lockout fund'” to protect itseld during a work stoppage.

Now Judge Doty must decide whether to award the players some f0ur million dollars they are seeking for compensatory damages stemming from the lockout, an amount that could surpass the one billion dollar mark when factoring in punitive damages.

Judge Doty did not make his ruling today and instead declared he needed more time to make the decision. It is believed that when he does rule it will be in favor of the players, although the NFL seems to think otherwise.

The NFC South is a competitive division, last season yielding three teams that totaled double digit wins while sending two into the 2011 play-offs..

Pat Yasinskas, of ESPN’s NFC South Blog, put out a call or fans to vote on which NFC South team has the best defensive line in the division, the New Orleans Saints ran way with the contest receiving 44% of the vote.

The Saints didn’t light the league on fire last season with their sack total. However the nucleus of players they have assembled have fans hopeful that collapsed pockets and negative runs will be a common occurrence next season.

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