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Sunday slant: Thank the CBA

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith (Getty)

Say goodbye to the old first-round holdouts like the Vikings experienced with Bryant McKinnie and many others. The new CBA is treating fans and salary-cap protectors right, taking the contract angst out of the Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends.

Welcome to Memorial Day weekend, which is really just like the old Fourth of July in old NFL contract terms, only better. The NFL has changed in big, bold and business ways a lot since the Players Association and the league came to terms on a collective bargaining agreement in 2011. In a world bent on delving out wins and losses, the league won that negotiation in a landslide of public opinion...

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