Sport: N.F.L. Thrown for a Loss

The holidays were filled with footballs. The pro play-offs opened with victories for Minnesota, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh; in Oakland the Raiders scored the biggest win of all with a wacky 28-26 squeaker over the defending Super Bowl champion Dolphins. And when the pros were taking a breather, the college bowl games competed for the fan's attention. Almost unnoticed amidst all the hoopla, Federal District Court Judge William T. Sweigert handed down a decision in San Francisco that threw the National Football "League for a loss. It could upset the basic structure of labor-management relations in professional football.

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