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NFLPA ups the lockout ante

Union's action Wednesday looks shrewd and serious, and should give the owners pause

Originally Published: June 9, 2010
By Lester Munson | ESPN.com

In a legal action filed on Wednesday, the NFL Players Association attacked the NFL's $4 billion in guaranteed television contracts that will pay owners for the 2011 season whether or not any games are played. The union and its attorneys claim that league owners are using the agreements as leverage against the players and to finance a lockout when the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) ends in March 2011. They assert that instead of working to increase the TV revenue they share with ...

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