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|NFL Owners to Discuss Labor Plans
|CHICAGO (AP) -- NFL team owners are meeting to discuss how to proceed in negotiations with the players' union on a new collective bargaining agreement.
The meetings began Monday and are the last regularly scheduled before the CBA expires in March. It's possible the owners will call for another get-together before then, as they did in Miami before the Super Bowl in February.
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith insists he expects the owners to lock out the players. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the sooner serious negotiations take place, the sooner a new agreement might be reached.
The owners opted out of the CBA in 2008, saying the agreement reached in 2006 was too costly for them.
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