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Goodell facing another uphill climb

Looming labor situation will test commissioner's mettle

Originally Published: July 10, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Earlier this week, Roger Goodell reached the summit of Mount Rainier, one of the most prominent peaks in this country's 48 contiguous states.

But scaling the 14,411-foot volcano, which includes having to contend with some of the most perilous glaciers in the entire world, might have been just a warm-up to what is ahead for the NFL commissioner in the coming months.

With the NFL and the players' association already balancing tenuously on a slippery slope, the commissioner must still ...

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