The NFL, Post Lockout

Posted on July 29, 2011

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HALEY NELSON

There were rumblings across the sports world for months. Could there possibly not be an upcoming 2012 NFL season?

After four months of debate over money and contracts, the longest stoppage in league history, team owners and players finally agreed on a deal Monday.

This effectively ends the most expensive, and perhaps bazaar, period in the National Football League’s history. The league has a legacy of high-stake money squabbles and negotiations.

Since Monday, hundreds of millions of dollars have been committed in trades, signings, negotiations, and player cuts. Now teams are racing to prepare for preseason games next month after four months of inactivity, according to The New York Times.

Experts and pundits are theorizing that this freeze-out, followed by a flurry of trading activity, will alter the competitive nature of the game and the league. And rumor has it that a deal is in the works that may make Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Peyton Manning the highest-paid player in football’s history.

Perhaps the NBA, or Congress, will learn from this as they continue in their negotiations.

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