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Tagliabue's impassioned plea gives owners pause

Paul Tagliabue's eloquent and passionate speech set the stage for the owners essentially to decide the future of the NFL.

Originally Published: March 7, 2006
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

GRAPEVINE, Texas -- For the first three hours of Tuesday's crucial NFL owners meeting here, everything was informational. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and others detailed the six-year proposal from the NFL Players Association that commanded 59.5 percent of team revenues. Like patients receiving medicine, the owners took the bad news dose by dose.

Labor costs were much higher than expected. Provisions in the deal irritated owners and front-office people alike. Few liked what they heard.

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