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What Have We Learned as Lockout Nears End?

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With apologies to Chamberlain (that would be Neville, not Wilt), it appears that NFL labor peace in our time is nearly at hand. We can spend the next few days quibbling about how "close'' the two sides have to get before they're unequivocally "close to a deal,'' but why bother with the tedious contractual details? Let's jump the gun and get right to the many lessons we've learned throughout this four-plus-month national ordeal of injunction filings, court hearings and dueling press conferences.

• It was a catchy little slogan, and made for a rather slick but unconvincing video on behalf of the NFL Players Association's cause, but we all know the "Let Them Play'' spiel was never really what this long stand-off was about. "Let Them Pay'' would have been more accurate,...

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