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NFL's lockout-likelihood plot thickens

No question the owners are preparing for it; the players are making their moves, too

Originally Published: June 17, 2010
By Lester Munson | ESPN.com

In their headlong dash toward a lockout that threatens the 2011 season, NFL owners have made a series of five dramatic moves that erase any doubt about their strategy.

• They attempted to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to adopt a radical new rule of law that would have eliminated the antitrust leverage the players' union used to obtain free agency and other important benefits;

• They agreed to extensions of their television contracts that require the networks to ...

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