United front buys NFL time

It might end up being more illusion than reality, but the united front Paul Tagliabue put forth Thursday bought the NFL a glimmer of hope for labor peace.

Updated: March 5, 2006, 12:36 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Traditionally a man who has been far more about substance than style during his 17-season tenure, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue stepped out of character a bit on Thursday morning.

And by the end of the day, it paid off, with the NFL and the NFL Players Association mutually backing away, at least for 72 hours, from the stark precipice of a potential labor abyss.

In summoning league owners (many of whom loathed having to make a trip they assumed would be inconsequential) to Manhattan on ...

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