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Threat of legal action by NFL players union led to past CBA compromises with league

7:47 PM, Mar. 5, 2011
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The NFL players' union lost its last two work stoppages in the 1980s so badly it turned to antitrust lawsuits to leverage the league into a collective bargaining agreement the union could live with.

Now that the players and owners have extended CBA negotiations another week - through next Friday - in their current labor dispute, the same threats of litigation and countersuits provide possibly the best chance of eliciting the compromises on both sides necessary for a new CBA.

The NFL lost significant leverage last week when its de facto lockout fund, pending payments of $4 billion from TV ...

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