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01/26/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NFL Lockout 'Near Certainty' Next Season, DeMaurice Smith Says

The executive director of the National Football League players union said a player lockout next season is a "near certainty," and that it would cost the U.S. economy an estimated $5 billion in lost wages, taxes and other revenue if the entire season is canceled.

In an interview on "Political Capital With Al Hunt" airing this weekend on Bloomberg television, union chief DeMaurice Smith said if NFL owners lock out players in order to get concessions in a labor dispute, it would be devastating to local communities as the country struggles with a 9.6 percent unemployment rate.

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