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NFL lockout looks more likely after labor talks collapse

Sure, you probably wanted a little dose of optimism after finding out two of the top free agent wide receivers are likely to get the franchise tag. Sorry. More bad news for fans as talks between the NFL and the NFLPA ended abruptly yesterdayand the session scheduled for today has been cancelled. 

That news doesn't hold out much hope for fans hoping the two sides can reach a new agreement on the CBA by the March 4 deadline, the day a lockout would officially start. That's also the day that free agency would begin. No agreement means no hot stove, to appropriate that term, to keep the fires of fandom stoked through the offseason. 

In addition to the CBA talks getting nixed, the ownership meeting set for next week has been cancelled too. Probably because there isn't much to talk about with labor talks going nowhere fast. There are no official reports as to what happened in yesterday's meeting, but Twitter was buzzing with word that things got ugly between the two sides. 

Stay tuned. 

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(Update from 3k at 11:28am)

Tweeted by Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal:

Hearing that NFLPA is holding a conference call with players to update them on NFL labor talks that have broken down.