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NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue concerned about lack of progress towards a new collective bargaining agreement.

Updated: March 22, 2005, 1:53 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Normally, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue is upbeat when he addresses owners to open the annual spring meeting. On Monday, he was down, saying negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement have "exhausted themselves" and are "at a dead end."

Tagliabue also predicted that so much time would be spent trying to find a solution and coming to consensus that not a lot of time would be spent in the Maui sun this week. The clock is ticking. The collective bargaining ...

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