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NFL lockout is owners' onerous mess

Who are the villains? If you didn't know already, latest power play makes it clear

Updated: July 27, 2011, 4:02 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

For those of you scoring the final hours of the NFL lockout at home and struggling to separate good from evil, protagonist from antagonist, please remember this labor dispute is like any other fight.

The bad guys are the ones who started it.

The owners threw the first punch, a haymaker, by declaring in 2008 they would opt out of the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association after the 2010 season, and the owners have remained the aggressors ever ...

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