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Volume 24 No. 157
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Source: NFLPA's Smith Tells Agents To Prepare For A Lockout

NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith did not reveal any details on the ongoing NFL CBA talks, but told NFL player agents at a large union meeting in Indianapolis to prepare for an NFL lockout, sources said. "His position is that we want a deal and the NFL isn't moving and only says, 'No!'" said one source at the meeting. Other sources said Smith told agents he would "punt" on any questions about the ongoing federal mediation in the CBA talks with the NFL that will continue on Tuesday in Washington. The CBA expires on March 4.

Sources also said Smith told agents what rules will apply to contact between the NFL and players when the work stoppage begins. These sources asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on union business.

Some agents at the meeting in downtown Indianapolis, where the NFL Combine is being held, did talk to the national sports media gathered in the hallways. Powerful agents Tom Condon, Ben Dogra, Drew Rosenhaus and Joel Segal told the assembled press they are solidly behind Smith and the NFLPA.

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