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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 7/11

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Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Not much this morning, but the Star finally posted a new article on the team (the last one was about Pope and the swimming pool). So there's that. Enjoy.

Bar owners, hoteliers, souvenir sellers — and City Hall officials — are starting to noticeably fidget as the player lockout in the National Football League inches closer to threatening the upcoming season.

The league’s players and owners are arguing over billions of dollars in salaries and benefits, and may be moving closer to a resolution of their months-long dispute. An appeals court gave the owners a victory Friday, when it ruled their lockout is legal while negotiations continue in New York.

Economic Effect of NFL's Lockout has City Worried from KC Star

The NFL lockout should end this week or early next week with the final strokes put on a new labor agreement between owners and players.

When that moment comes, 32 NFL teams will shift into hyper-drive trying to make up for the lost time that has cost them the last four months...

...Nobody around Arrowhead Stadium asked me, but here’s my post-lockout checklist for the Chiefs, ranked in order of importance and approach.

See if you agree.

Post-Lockout Check List... Morning Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

Vrabel gave Pioli exactly what he wanted in his two seasons. His immense leadership ability impacted the young defense. On Friday, we looked at Vrabel’s impact on the Chiefs in his two years there.

The Chiefs have some young players at outside linebacker, including third-round pick Justin Houston, so they should be fine, but they will miss Vrabel’s leadership.

Report: Vrabel is Going to Ohio State from ESPN

While the NFL crawls toward a labor agreement that will open its doors once again, the United Football League has gone to training camps.

They kicked off this past weekend, including in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area where the league’s newest franchise, the Virginia Destroyers began their life with physicals and meetings on Sunday.

Leading them is Marty Schottenheimer, lured back to the business of coaching at the age of 67 after spending the last four years out of the business after he was stupidly fired by the San Diego Chargers.

Marty Gets Ready for Camp from Bob Gretz

They don’t appear in the record books, but the 7-on-7s are prime opportunities for teams to grow their skill positions and build together. Saturday’s event, put on by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Brandon Flowers along with Prep and Sports, brought together 10 teams from Palm Beach County and seven from surrounding counties to Seacrest Athletic Complex in Delray Beach.

It was a fun (and hot) event that ended with Flowers’ alma mater, Atlantic, winning the title over John I. Leonard.

Observations from2011 Brandon Flowers 7-on-7 (and Reports from Nike 7-on-7 in Miami) from The Palm Beach Post