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Ted S. Warren, AP
An official during first half of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The main issue is not that the lockout of NFL refs has clearly cost a Super Bowl contender a game in the race for the playoffs, but that society has come to a place where the economic impact of this sports/fantasy sports/gambling story can make it the lead news story of any day during a national presidential race — not to mention everything else going on in the world.

Richard Decker