A win for owners, players -- and lawyers

But first-round picks, fans and Hall of Fame have taken a hit during labor dispute

Originally Published: July 25, 2011
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

It has been an arduous path the NFL and its players have traveled these past four months. It has been at times ugly, unnerving, nasty and unsettling. Labor disputes always are, and this one has been no exception.

Both sides took hits and neither will walk away unscathed now that they have finally agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement.

That the NFL Players Association had to decertify, that the owners had to lock out the players, that there had to be a halt to ...

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