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What League Can Do to Win Back Fans

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The NFL and its players effectively completed a new labor pact Monday.

But even when the collective bargaining agreement is officially signed, this 4-month-old-plus debacle isn’t over quite yet. There is still another party the league and NFL Players Association must settle with: the fans.

No other US sport enjoys the same ardent following — all for a league that guarantees only about 48 hours a year of meaningful on-field action per team (i.e. 16 regular-season games).

What occupies those hardcores for the equivalent of the 363 other days? They talk about what’s going to happen next season.

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