Sport: The Money or the Power?

When the N.F.L. strike created its first hole in the air waves last Thursday night, ABC-TV offered instead The Cheap Detective, a comedy film about a befuddled gumshoe. Not such an inappropriate choice, perhaps. Though there is nothing cheap about this conflict, a dogged investigator may indeed be needed to wade through the welter of plans, positions and proposals to figure out whodunit. Who is responsible for the strike and what exactly is the fight about?

Is it not true that the N.F.L. Players Association is asking for $1.6 billion in salary and bonus...

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