Pressure for labor deal grows

Some sticking points remain, and owners are keen to save lucrative preseason games

Originally Published: June 27, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Although everyone has good vibes about the way talks are going between owners and players, this week is the most vital to start getting a deal done.

Talks without a deal can't go too much past July 4. The pressure is already obvious. The Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets ran out of time to plan training camps away from their headquarters, a blow to Ravens and Jets fans. The St. Louis Rams will probably be the next team to decide to stay at home.

The good news is that both ...

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