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Five things to know about the lockout

From the looks of it, we’re heading toward an NFL lockout as soon as the league year ends at 11:59 p.m. Thursday night.  

From the looks of it, we’re heading toward an NFL lockout as soon as the league year ends at 11:59 p.m. Thursday night.

Here’s what that means, in layman’s terms:

1. Nothing doing
If the deadline goes without an agreement, owners will likely lock players out. That means no OTAs, no free agency, no games — until a collective bargaining agreement is signed.

2. Feeling a draft
Even if players are locked out, teams will hold the NFL draft as scheduled. But picks won’t be signed until a new CBA is in place. Undrafted free agents wouldn’t be signed, either.

3. In the right?
Both sides think they’re in the right. The owners say the players have a sweetheart deal; the players say it’s their bodies.

4. The issues
The biggest sticking points are an 18-game regular season?(instead of the current 16), a rookie wage scale and how much revenue goes to player salaries.

5. It should happen
From all indications, some kind of work stoppage will be a reality. How long it lasts, though, is anybody’s guess.

 
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