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Lockout directly affects NFL employees

Updated: March 16, 2011, 4:19 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Over the past several years, while the NFL has cemented its position as the pre-eminent American sporting industry, whatever moral legitimacy it once held has been the greatest casualty of its success. In football, the physical toll of weekly violence plays out in slow motion for years after the world-class athletes leave the game and die sooner, on average, than the couch potatoes who watched them.

The game has been set to gallant soundtracks and the mighty voice-overs of ...

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