The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota issued an injunction to end the lockout, but by appealing the NFL, the 8th Court of Appeals overturned the order.  In his majority opinion, Justice Steven Colloton referred to the Norris-LaGuardia Act, which prevents federal courts from issuing injunctions in cases involving or arising result of „labour disputes.“  He stated that the existence of a union was not necessary to conduct a labour dispute.  This decision prevents players from obtaining corrective action in the event of a deadlock and lockout. In the end, the approval of the NFL`s new collective bargaining agreement saved long and costly disputes that could have affected player revenues and the league. In 1982, after the first two games of the season, NFL players went on strike again in an attempt to achieve a guaranteed percentage of the club`s and the league`s revenues.  This strike lasted 57 days, making it the longest work stoppage in NFL history at that time.  The strike ended with an interim agreement on 16 November, which included funds to cover the shortfall in players` wages during the work stoppage.  Negotiators signed a new collective agreement on December 5. The agreement improved player benefits by introducing a new severance pay, increasing the minimum wage for players every year of service and adding new medical rights for players. The agreement also included a revised 1982 season plan, which had a nine-game regular season and a new playoff format that allowed 16 of the league`s 28 teams to qualify for the playoffs.  In addition, the agreement included the owners` guarantee that players would receive at least $1.6 billion in wages and benefits for the five-year term of the new contract.  When Kirk Cousins signed for three years two years ago, and $84 million was completely ice-free, the Vikings had to pay $82 million into a trust account (the guaranteed amount minus the $2 million deduction).
The new contract will increase the franchise to $15 million in 2020-28 and $17 million in 2029 and 2030. The idea is that this could create a more fertile ground for players and agents to ask for and get more guarantees in contracts. It would appear that lower-income players — about 60% of NFL players who work with minimum wage agreements — will receive the highest pay points, at least early on. The minimum wage immediately increases by about 20%. A player with less than a year of NFL experience will earn $510,000 this year below the current agreement.