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Crunch time for players, owners

If preseason is going to be saved, then sides must finalize labor deal by this weekend

Originally Published: July 4, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Being a league that responds to deadlines, the NFL owners need to reach a deal with their players by this Saturday or Sunday in order to save the preseason.

Sure, most camps aren't scheduled to open until the end of the month, but there has to be some breathing room between the time an agreement is reached and the official start of the 2011 season. Too much has to be done in a short period of time, which is why free agency needs to start by July 15 or 17.

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