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Lockout momentum shifts to owners

Updated: May 17, 2011, 5:49 PM ET
By Lester Munson | ESPN.com

By a vote of 2-1, the U.S. Court of Appeals' 8th Circuit issued a ruling late Monday that will allow the NFL owners' lockout of players to continue for at least several more weeks. The ruling raises questions about the efficacy of the legal strategies of the players and the owners, and the chances that the league will play football in 2011. Here are some of the questions and their answers:

How important is this ruling?

It's obvious that it's a victory for the owners ...

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