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Good deals are waiting to happen

When the lockout ends, deals need to be made for big-name free agents and a stadium

Originally Published: May 21, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The timing wasn't right when NFL owners met lawyers for the locked-out players in a court-ordered mediation session May 16 and 17 in Minneapolis, and the league has leverage heading into a June 3 hearing with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. The players hope to regain some momentum when damages are determined on the league's multibillion dollar deal with its TV partners.

The players should also present a formal response to the league's previous offers in collective bargaining ...

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