Sport: Stop-Action in the N.F.L.

The players and owners go head to head for control of the game

Since this is not exclusively football season anyway, and there are certainly other events on the mind, and the weather is not even quite football weather yet, the National Football League strike still seems as much a novelty as a catastrophe. Without baseball, summer might as well be canceled; lazy days depend on it. But doesn't pro football occupy only a narrow space, somewhere between church services and Sunday supper, in the fabric of American life? Then why has the country...

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