Reading the lockout tea leaves

Six factors to keep an eye on as the National Football League looks for labor peace

Originally Published: February 25, 2010
By Lester Munson | ESPN.com

It's now a two-minute drill for the NFL's owners and players.

Unless they come to an extension agreement by March 5 (which union chief DeMaurice Smith says is unlikely), a number of changes to the current structure of the league's labor relations will go into effect. And the entire collective bargaining contract that governs those relations expires in 13 months, a relatively short period of time in which to conclude a new agreement involving 32 owners, nearly 2,000 players and ...

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