Kick-off is coming

The economy may be nearing catastrophe, a heat wave continues to wilt much of the country and the job market still stinks. But, by God, there will be football.

Representatives of NFL team owners and players hammered out the final details of a collective bargaining agreement over the weekend, and player representatives from all 32 teams unanimously ratified it Monday. A majority of 1,900-plus players ratified it, ending the 4 1/2 month lockout. Training camps will open this week, with the Denver Broncos expected to start workouts Wednesday.

So billionaire team owners interested primarily in their bottom line and celebrity players with multimillion-dollar paychecks — and giant egos on both sides — did something politicians in Washington have so far been unable to accomplish: reach a compromise on dollars-and-cents issues as a critical deadline approached.

Perhaps it’s time for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Rep DeMaurice Smith to invade Capitol Hill and show members of the executive and legislative branches of our government how to reach an agreement when the game truly is on the line.


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