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NFL Owners Approve New Collective Bargaining Agreement


Owners of NFL teams on Thursday approved a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, nearly ending the lockout. The contract now goes to the players, who have yet to formally approve the deal.

ESPN reported that players could vote on the proposed deal as early as Thursday night.

Player representative DeMaurice Smith, speaking live on ESPN, said, "We'll take a look at it as soon as we get it." He was referring to the deal approved by the owners.

What remains unclear is what needs to happen before the players can get back to work. The lockout could continue until players formally re-certify the union. That process could take several days.

Roger Goodell, speaking in a news conference said training facilities could open on Saturday, with training camps beginning next Wednesday if the players approve the deal as a fully certified union. Goodell also said the Hall of Fame game between the St. Louis Rams and the Chicago Bears scheduled for Aug. 7 would be canceled.

Some of the conditions of the proposed agreement include:

  • Deal is 10 years
  • Players get 46% of revenue
  • Rookies get 4 year contracts with option for 5th year
  • Teams have $120 million salary cap
  • No 2-A-Day practices

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

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