Lockout can't end soon enough for them

Waiting for a bonus, fresh start or chance to lead, these players benefit from quick deal

Originally Published: June 3, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The secret meeting between owners and players in Chicago this week offered the first hope in months that a collective bargaining deal could be reached within a month.

Instead of wasting June waiting for two of three judges in the Eighth Circuit Court to keep the lockout intact, owners reached out last week, according to a source, and asked for this week's meeting. Judge Arthur Boylan came in from Minnesota to mediate the session and officially declared that both sides are in settlement ...

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