NFL League Loses Another Battle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The federal judge who lifted the NFL lockout has denied the league's request to put her ruling on hold. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson wrote late Wednesday that the NFL "has not met its burden for a stay pending appeal, expedited or otherwise."

The NFL wanted Nelson to keep the lockout in place while it appeals her ruling, arguing that starting free agency and other football activities before there's clarity on the status of this case could be damaging to the league.

Some players tried to go back to work Tuesday, but most who did were told they couldn't work out at team facilities once they entered the building.

While all this plays out, a $9 billion business remains in limbo. The NFL draft is scheduled to start its three-day run Thursday night in New York.