If you’re a diehard Eagles fan like me, you should be relieved to know that the 130-day NFL lockout is coming to an end. Rejoice in the hope that the Eagles will trade Kevin Kolb for a first-round pick or a starting cornerback. Prepare to be baffled as to why Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg’s maniacal, color-coded play charts seem to omit plays for the red-zone. And yes, take comfort in knowing that the Dallas Cowboys will be on schedule to choke in December, as usual.

That, however, is not all that the legal community should take away from this clash between billionaire owners and millionaire players. After all, the NFL’s labor dispute over how to divide roughly $9 billion in annual revenue was not an athletic contest. No, this matchup would be won or lost in the courthouse and at the negotiation table — two realities that were never lost on the NFL Players Association, the football players’ union.

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