Get prepared to read a lot more stories like these two, in which a leading member of either the National Football League or the NFL Players Association attempts to sway public opinion in their favor.

The reason: A lockout is coming. Insiders put chances somewhere between very good and 100 percent.

And so, you have NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith telling Bloomberg News’ Curtis Eichelberger that, “I still feel that a lockout is coming in March,” while also spelling out his pro-player case. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell counters on Mike and Mike, subtlety blaming the players for a lack of movement by saying “We have a lot of work to get done. There’s still sufficient time to do that. But there’s really a window here. This deal is going to be easier to make between now and, let’s say, March.”

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