Putting the NFL's looming labor stalemate into perspective.

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Putting the NFL's looming labor stalemate into perspective.

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Games of Chance

Highlights of Past Labor Issues in Sports
Highlights of Past Labor Issues in Sports

Putting the NFL's looming labor stalemate into perspective.

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1968
1968

NFL players demand pension reform. After a one-week strike, a collective bargaining agreement is reached. Here, members of the Denver Broncos sit on the sideline during a game in 1968.

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1972
1972

Major League Baseball’s first strike begins over pension and arbitration concerns. Here, Baltimore Orioles first baseman John Wesley 'Boog' Powell prepares to swing at a pitch during a game in 1972. 

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1974
1974

Owners ­refuse NFL players’ ­demands for guaranteed ­salaries. A six-week strike ­ensues. Here, famed New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath and offensive lineman Bob Burns in action during a sudden-death overtime game at the Yale Bowl, New Haven, Connecticut, November 10, 1974. 

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1980
1980

An eight-day strike by the Major League Baseball Players Assn. cuts spring training short in 1980.

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1981
1981

A 50-day strike cancels 712 Major League Baseball games as players and owners fight over free agent compensation. Here, California Angels manager Gene Mauch and owner Gene Autry sit in the dugout before a 1981 game at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California.

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1982
1982

NFL players strike for 57 days over the league’s revenue structure. Players eventually get $1.28 billion added to their ­salaries and benefits over five years. Here, running back Mike Guman #44 of the Los Angeles Rams follows his lead blocker Dennis Harrah #60 during a game against the Los Angeles Raiders at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 18, 1982 in Los Angeles, California.

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1985
1985

Baseball players strike for two days and get minimum salaries raised from $40,000 to $60,000. Here, Willie McGee of the St. Louis Cardinals, takes batting practice before a game in 1985 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

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1987
1987

NFL players strike, but efforts fail when some cross the picket line. The strike later inspires the forgettable Keanu Reeves film, The Replacements. Here, members of the Los Angeles Raiders stand in a picket line during the NFL Players Union Strike on September, 1987.

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1992
1992

First official strike by the National Hockey League ­Players’ Assn. yields increased playoff ­bonuses and an ­extended season. Here, center Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on during a game in 1992 against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.

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1994
1994

NHL players are locked out for 104 days as the two sides haggle over a salary cap. Here, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman appears during his news conference in New York, announcing that the union has accepted the owners latest contract, ending the lockout.

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1994
1994

Baseball players strike for 232 days, canceling nearly 1,000 games and an entire post season—a first in professional sports. In this photo, fans hold up signs in protest of the strike on August 11, 1994 during a game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.

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1998
1998

NBA players ­refuse a hard salary cap, leading to a ­shortened 50-game season. Although the 1998 portion of the NBA schedule was not played because of the lockout, 16 NBA players participated in a December 19th exhibition game in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Here, Alonzo Mourning of the White Team (L) and Patrick Ewing of the Red Team battle under the basket for a rebound during the first quarter of "The Game on Showtime".

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2004
2004

Disagreement over proposed salary cap leads to the cancellation of the entire NHL season. Here, Gary Bettman the National Hockey League Commissioner, speaks on the subject during a press conference September 15, 2004 in New York City.

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