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Blame owners for placing season on the brink

Updated: January 28, 2005, 8:04 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

For months, my stand during the lockout has been a resounding "pox on both houses," primarily because of the galling absence of negotiations both before, and especially after, the locks clicked shut at 12:01 on Sept. 16. For nearly three months, the mutual intransigence and ongoing game of "chicken" was inexcusable and insulting to those rooting for the return of the league.

But now?

One faction deserves more scorn and blame.

The owners.

They're big boys, men of affluence ...

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