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NFL extension: Lessons from the past

League commissioners and union executives have successfully trod this path before

Originally Published: March 4, 2011
By Michael Wilbon | ESPN.com

In his more than 20 years as an attorney, David Cornwell has worked both for the NFL and for the interests of players. As the expiration of pro football's labor agreement approached this week, Cornwell thought of something that would rankle his former boss, the late Pete Rozelle, whenever the league and the players' union battled over labor issues.

"Pete Rozelle said he hated when the business of the sport became as public as the competition on the field," Cornwell said.

Even ...

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