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'Cash over cap' creating gap among owners

Cash over cap, the difference between payroll and salary cap limitations, has become an issue key to the labor debate.

Updated: March 5, 2006, 12:36 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Millions of words have been written and spoken in the past several days about the NFL's current labor situation, more of them devoted to empty rhetoric than to reality.

But as the two sides settled in Friday afternoon in New York to resume negotiations aimed at avoiding the kind of labor enmity that has so severely impacted other professional sports leagues, they did so with three little words taking on monumental importance.

Cash over cap.

“ It's human nature. ...

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