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NFL, government could shut down at roughly the same time

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File this one under “odd shutdown coincidences:” The National Football League and the federal government could each close up shop within 24 hours of one another next week.

The NFL is currently in the thick of a labor dispute over how billions in revenue is shared between players and owners. The players’ current collective bargaining agreement expires March 3. And if they don’t strike a deal by then — which is looking increasingly unlikely — the players could be locked out, possibly until September.

One day later, the continuing resolution temporarily funding government agencies will expire. If a budget deal has not been struck by then — also increasingly unlikely — the government will shut down and send most government workers home without pay.

Considering the federal government and the NFL are pretty much the only two industries in America that are still hiring, who knows what this one-two punch would do to the economy. (And I wonder which one the American people will miss the most.)

(H/t to FedLine reader Phil Bubel for pointing this out.)

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  1. james Says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    it’s about the haves and the have not. those that have trying to control those who don’t have as much. so that their pockets(power) may be bigger