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Massachusetts paper publishes false alarm about the end of the lockout

We just published a post about the encouragement that could be gained by the ongoing talks between the owners and players, and the reasonable quotes put forward by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.  Things seem to be rolling, but it's possible that one overeager writer -- Bill Burt of the North Andover Eagle Tribune -- got a bit ahead of himself.

In a story titled "SOURCE: NFL lockout almost over," Burt actually says that the lockout IS over.

A deal to end the National Football League's lockout is almost complete, according to an NFL source.

According to an the source, owners and players were close to an agreement today to end the lockout, which entered its 86th day today.

Some coaches and players have been contacted about returning to work probably early next week and as soon as this weekend.

According to an NFL source, owners and players have tentatively reached an agreement to end the lockout, which entered its 86th day today.

Some coaches and players have been contacted about returning to work probably early next week and as soon as this weekend.

Burt's story says that the 2011 schedule will go on as planned, with the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers facing each other on Thursday, September 8.

Here's the problem: Not only has nobody else carried this story; but everyone involved agrees that there are many steps remaining before an agreement can be reached. Now, there may have been miracles performed in those recent meetings, but until we hear more, we'll stand down and wait for official word.

UPDATE: And here's the official word, brought via Twitter by George Atallah, DeMaurice Smith's right-hand man at the NFLPA:

Massachusetts paper publishes false alarm about the end of the lockout

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