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Deal Not as Close as Claimed

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For those frustrated football fans who are living and dying with real-time reports on the status of NFL labor negotiations, the word close has become an emotional switchblade that taunts, tantalizes and tortures.

After a recent spate of proclamations from journalists at various outlets that NFL owners and players are nearly done negotiating a settlement to the Tom Brady(notes) et al antitrust lawsuit and a new collective bargaining agreement, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees(notes) – a Brady plaintiff and NFL Players Association executive committee member – ramped up the hype on Wednesday, telling San Diego’s XX sports radio, “We’re very close to a settlement. We’re at that...

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