End appears near for locked-out NFL players but it's only the beginning for the NBA

July 18, 2011

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As opposing sides in the NFL lockout near agreement, it looks increasingly likely that Soldier Field will see football in 2011.

City workers are not the only ones with labor pains: Both the NFL and NBA are in the midst of protracted work disputes. NFL owners and players are back in mediation Monday—word is the sides are close to breaking the four-month lockout huddle and ready to get back on the field.

Meanwhile some NBA players will look at a Plan B: Many are looking into deals to play overseas, including the Chicago Bulls’ Brian Scalabrine. ESPN.com’s Lester Munson has an eye on the lockout lowdown and joined Eight Forty-Eight with the latest news.