It's official: We've got a lockout

And so it begins.

According to the NFL Network, starting at midnight, the NFL owners locked out the players.

You can consider this report official; the league owns the NFL Network, so it's a fairly credible source when it comes to these matters.

The lockout is not surprising given that the players' union opted to decertify Friday afternoon.

Weeks and weeks of mediation will now turn into possibly months and months of litigation. The lockout means that all NFL activity - minus the draft - comes to a halt. Free agency is put on hold, players are not allowed to enter team facilities, and coaches cannot speak to players.

The only NFL activity we've got on the horizon at this point is the draft in late-April, and lots of legal proceedings.

Doesn't sound as nice as OTAs and minicamps, does it?

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