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NFL Lockout Watch, Day 109: Fifth Round Of "Secret" CBA Talks To Last Through Friday
Published June 28, 2011
SO LOST WITHOUT YOU: In K.C., Sam Mellinger, in an open letter to Goodell, Smith and "all the rest of you," wrote, "These insinuations and hints and anonymous sources saying you're close to ending this NFL lockout and making the season come off on time are cool to hear and all, but you better not be playing us. Get something done, anything. Finish it now, because this is real. These are our lives you're fooling with." Mellinger: "We've though about what it will be without the NFL on Sundays, and it's not pretty. ... Kansas City won't be a whole lot of fun this fall without the NFL" (K.C. STAR, 6/25). But in DC, Sally Jenkins writes the NFL's and NBA's "current labor strife is actually healthy, if it helps us break our crack-like addictions to the major professional sports leagues." Jenkins: "The best way to push back against abusive practices and work stoppages is to punish leagues in the pocketbook. Do something else with the money -- give it to a team that values its fans. Of the big four, baseball has done the best job of appreciating and remaining accessible to its constituency. On Saturday, you can see the Nationals play for $2" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/28).
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