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NFL bargaining talks collapse

Feb. 10, 2011 at 9:01 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Bargaining talks between NFL players and owners collapsed Thursday three weeks before the current deal expires.

ESPN reported NFL owners walked out of a negotiating session when the players proposed a 50-50 split of all revenue.

With the possibility of a lockout looming, the two sides met Saturday in Dallas on the eve of the Super Bowl and talks resumed Wednesday in Washington. A second day of negotiations, however, never got going. No further meetings were scheduled.

The owners and players are debating how to divide the approximate $9 billion in annual revenues brought in by America's largest sporting business. Also at issue is a proposal by the owners to extend the regular season from 16 to 18 games.

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