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At a glance: Work stoppages in professional sports

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For the third time in less than two years, a professional sports league is on the verge of a work stoppage.

The National Football League had one, but ended it in time for a full season. The National Basketball Association had one, and it cut short the regular season. Now, it's the National Hockey League's turn. Unless something changes over the weekend, a lockout will occur and the 2012-13 season will be in jeopardy.

A look at recent labor history in the four major professional team sports:

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Signed labor agreement in 2011 for 10 years.

Last lockout ran from July 1 to Dec. 8, 2011 and wiped out training camps and nine weeks of the regular season. Teams' schedules were reduced from 82 to 66 games.

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Signed labor agreement in 2011 for 10 years.

Last lockout ran from March 11 to July 25, 2011, and wiped out the full free-agent signing period, organized team activities (the NFL's way of describing offseason practices), training camps and the Hall of Fame game. The new agreement was put in place in time for a modified signing period, shortened camps and a full regular season.

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Labor agreement signed in 2011 for five years.

Last lockout ran from Aug. 12, 1994 to April 2, 1995, and wiped out the remainder of the 1994 regular season and all of the postseason. The World Series was canceled for the first time since 1904. All told, 948 games were lost.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Labor agreement ends on Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

Last lockout ran from Sept. 16, 2004 to July 13, 2005, and wiped out the entire 2004-05 regular season and postseason. The Stanley Cup was not given to a champion for the first time since 1919. The new agreement was in place in time for an abbreviated free-agent signing period, and a full training camp and regular season in 2005-06.

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