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What Could Derail Labor Deal?

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The NFL still hadn’t finalized a labor deal Monday, but signs continued to point toward a resolution to the four-month player lockout by week’s end.

As league and player representatives met again in New York City, NFL Players Association members prepared to begin gathering for meetings Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington D.C.

An NFLPA vote ratifying a new 10-year collective-bargaining agreement could come as early as Wednesday. NFL owners could then do the same at a Thursday meeting in Atlanta. And if the 10 player plaintiffs in the Brady v. NFL antitrust lawsuit also sign off on a new deal, the work stoppage that was threatening to derail the league’s preseason will end.

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