Sources: Some NFL owners demanding better financial protection |

With deadlines approaching and momentum building as the NFL and players work towards ending the three-month-old lockout, owners have gotten some resistance from within their ranks, according to sources.

The small resisting group is worried about the possibility that the national economy could tank again, and is looking for protection that it didn’t have in the collective bargaining agreement established in 2006. Based on economic indicators through their other businesses, some owners have grown increasingly nervous, and the deterioration in the stock market and growing unemployment rate have compounded that.

The hope is that this is part of the normal ebb and flow of negotiations, and that the parties are delving deeper into major issues than they have in the two-plus years since the owners opted out of the 2006 CBA. But in any case, it’s a problem that has to be managed.

The owners have one-day internal meetings scheduled monthly until the labor situation is resolved, and the next one commences Tuesday in Chicago. The group was told this week to be prepared to stay overnight in the case the meetings spill into Wednesday.

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