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Although the 2011 National Football League (“NFL”) lockout did not result in any cancelled regular season games, nor did it damage the players, stadium employees, and small business owners to the extent that it could have, there are still important lessons to be learned. This Comment provides background on the NFL’s labor history, both in the court system and in the negotiation room. Further, this Comment analyzes the application of American labor law to the then-pending NFL lockout. This Comment concludes with the argument that the principles of labor law and public policy discussed herein should not have allowed the owners to lock out the players.