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Monday, January 31, 2011
10 things to know about NFL labor situation

By Mike Sando

DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell
The uncertain labor situation is the league's top priority heading into the offseason.
NFL labor tensions have produced insults, threats and widening divisions -- among allies.

"I will smash ur face in," New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie tweeted to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck recently.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith have conversed on a higher plane, but not by much. They have until March 4 to forge a new collective bargaining agreement.

Without an agreement, the league and its players risk dragging fans into a world without rules, one sure to carry unintended consequences. Ten things to know about the labor situation and what a lockout could mean:
The Super Bowl will come and go as usual. Teams will head to Indianapolis for the college scouting combine in February, same as always.

The labor rhetoric will surely intensify.

After that, all bets are off.