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Though the league has projected $300 million in losses this season and says 22 of its 30 teams will lose money, players point to record TV ratings and increases in merchandise and ticket sales in their belief that things aren’t bad enough to warrant the changes owners seek.

“Everything you can measure success by have been at record levels,” Fisher said.

That may not be enough. Both sides have indicated they’ve about reached the limit of what they would concede in a proposal, so there may not be any progress Friday. After that, owners are set to meet Tuesday in Dallas, where they could vote to lock out the players.

Fisher refused to guess what the owners would do, but made his side clear.

“We’ve been instructed not to accept a deal that is not fair to our players,” he said.

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