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Kraft: No football this fall would be ‘criminal’

04.20.11 at 7:24 pm ET

Patriots owner Robert Kraft sounded an optimistic note about the state of pro football on Wednesday. Speaking with, Kraft said it would be ‘€œcriminal’€ if football isn’€™t played on Sunday’€™s at Gillette Stadium this fall, but added that everyone was trying to make a new deal work.

‘€œI promise I will do everything I can do,’€ Kraft said. ‘€œIt would really be criminal if we don’€™t have football here on Sundays. … I know [commissioner Roger Goodell] and [NFL general counsel] Jeff Pash and our whole team are doing everything they can do to continue negotiations. We’€™ve got to negotiate, not litigate. We should have a deal. There’€™s a deal ready to be done where we can play football in the fall. You saw our schedule come out [Tuesday]. We’€™re excited about that and now we have to find a way to get the players back in.’€

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