The NFL is arguing for the status quo, while the players want change. Beginning Wednesday, a jury of eight Minnesota women will decide who they believe, and professional football may never be the same.

The 36-day NFL antitrust trial went to the jury Tuesday evening as both sides wrapped up closing arguments and judge David Doty finished his lengthy instructions. Jurors began deliberations Wednesday morning."When they say to you, don't mess with this system, I say to you, the system is already a mess," players' attorney Jim Quinn said.

NFL lawyer Frank Rothman portrayed a dire result if the jury agreed with Quinn and the eight players.

"We are here today to probably determine the future of professional sports in America and you eight ladies are going to be doing that," Rothman said.

The courtroom was overflowing with people for the closing arguments, including five owners, none of whom took the witness stand. That fact was not overlooked by Quinn.

"They didn't (testify) because they couldn't possibly defend it," Quinn said of the Plan B system on trial.

The Plan B free agency system allows each team to retain limited rights to 37 players each season. A protected player is unable to offer his services to other teams without giving his old team the first chance to sign him or forcing his new club to compensate his old club if he goes elsewhere.

The unprotected players become Plan B free agents for two months, between Feb. 1 and April 1, after which their playing rights revert back to their original team.

The players who filed the lawsuit argue that Plan B unfairly blocks them from negotiating with other teams. No protected players have changed teams in four years. All eight plaintiffs testified and their careers were scrutinized and criticized by the league.

Rothman attacked the players as greedy, telling the jury that player costs have risen much faster than revenues. "What in the world are we complaining about?" he asked.

Quinn said the owners were the greedy ones.

"Who set up the system to hold down salaries and keep up profits? It wasn't the players," Quinn said.