ST. LOUIS, Mo. (CBSMiami.com) – Miami Dolphins fans hoping to see football this season may have been just handed an audible by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appellate court overruled a lower court’s judge’s ruling lifting the NFL lockout, meaning the lockout is legal.

In plain terms, as the NFL and the National Football League Players Association near an agreement on a collective bargaining agreement; there is a new dynamic between the two sides. The owners now have the upper hand and could try to impose their will on the players.

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Still, Dolphins fans shouldn’t begin selling off their season tickets. With a collective bargaining agreement within reach, both sides know the time is now to seal the deal. All signs have continued to point towards a deal being completed by next week.

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But, the onus now falls onto NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to keep the owners from trying to dictate a bad deal to the players, despite having a better position to do so with the 8th Circuit’s decision.

Plus, there’s still an anti-trust suit out there that could completely reshape the NFL in a bad manner, so the owners don’t hold all the cards.

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If a deal can be completed within the next week; the NFL and its players will save the preseason and most of training camp. It will also mean that free agency will have enough time to help a team like the Dolphins fill out a roster with tons of holes.