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Caught in the NFL lockout trap

In good times, fans love the players they watch. So why aren't they on the union's side?

Originally Published: March 24, 2011
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

It's all fun and games until there is no more fun and games, when the jerseys with the numbers come secondary to the suits with the pocket squares, when playbooks yield to binders stuffed with legal briefs. At these moments, individuals become groups and sports is no longer a matter of home vs. visitor. Rather, sports transforms into four distinct constituencies: players, owners, fans and courts of law.

The fans, always fickle, unsure who from year to year is friend or foe, have ...

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