Time is running out to avoid NFL lockout of players over labor dispute

The NFL’s contract with the players’ union expires at midnight on Thursday, which could lead to a lockout of the 2011 season, and The Plain Dealer’s Bill Lubinger reports that there are three “likely scenarios once the clock strikes midnight.”

Professor Rick Karcher, however, believes there’s a fourth:

“There’s actually a fourth possibility,” said Rick Karcher, director of the Center for Law and Sports at Florida Coastal School of Law, “which is that they may actually reach an agreement before the end of the day.”

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