BREAKING NEWS: NFL Lockout Over, Deal Approved

The NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps have voted unanimously to approve the terms of a deal to the end the 4 1/2-month lockout.

Owners overwhelmingly approved a proposal last week, but some unresolved issues still needed to be reviewed to satisfy players; the owners do not need to vote again.

The sides worked through the weekend and wrapped up the details Monday morning on a final pact that is for 10 years, without an opt-out clause, a person familiar with the deal told the AP.

Owners decided in 2008 to opt out of the league's old labor contract, which expired this March. That's when the owners locked out the players, creating the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987.



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Two people familiar with the negotiations tell The Associated Press that the NFL and players have reached a deal to end the lockout.

NFL.com is also reporting there is a deal. A formal vote is expected later today.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the process is supposed to remain secret and no formal announcement has been made.

The NFL Players Association's executive committee is meeting Monday and is expected to begin the voting process. Owners overwhelmingly approved a proposal last week, but some unresolved issues still needed to be figured out to satisfy players.

The sides worked through the weekend, finally finishing the deal Monday morning, one of the people told the AP.

The league's old labor deal expired in March, and the owners locked out the players, the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987.

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  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jul 28, 2011 at 05:49 AM
    Now it's that time the Pats can prepare for a run to another superbowl, and make sure the dirty Jets don't stand in between the Pats and the Lombardi trophy like last year.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 at 03:40 PM
    Now the Panthers can win 2 games this season.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:41 PM in reply to
      Haven't you heard. SCAM Newton is gonna save us all.
    • reply
      by Sam on Jul 27, 2011 at 07:27 AM in reply to
      2 playoff games is more like it.
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        by Dave on Jul 27, 2011 at 08:40 AM in reply to Sam
        Dream on fella. Carolina is going to have many years of having top 5 picks.
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          by Sam on Jul 27, 2011 at 10:32 AM in reply to Dave
          Yeah maybe in the 2030's dude
  • by lol Location: gville on Jul 25, 2011 at 01:53 PM
    Lol, I would be indifferent to the NFL if I were from North Carolina too hahaha... go STEELERS!
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      by Keith on Jul 27, 2011 at 07:27 AM in reply to lol
      GO RAVENS!
  • by Zzyzx Road Location: Pitt County on Jul 25, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    In the words of that country song: "Here's a quarter, call someone who cares."
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Jul 25, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    Hockey baby...I started following it about a decade ago...guys play A LOT more games, tickets are reasonably priced not overpaid,...and the players are genuine...plus, you don't have the thug mentality.
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      by Matt Ress on Jul 25, 2011 at 03:19 PM in reply to The Original ENC
      Agreed! Well said. Hockey is a super fast sport, has the controlled violence we all enjoy witnessing, and, overall, the players are a better quality of people than the NFLers.
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        by Lavon on Jul 25, 2011 at 05:39 PM in reply to Matt Ress
        Who in their right minds would watch Hockey. Hockey is nothing but a bunch of undereducated rednecks. The sport of Hockey barely gets play on Cable Television. What a loser sport
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          by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:40 PM in reply to Lavon
          You must not get cable.
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          by Dave on Jul 26, 2011 at 09:41 AM in reply to Lavon
          A Canadian redneck? Get with it Lavon.
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          by Sam on Jul 27, 2011 at 05:56 AM in reply to Lavon
          This comes from a black man who supports the thug mentality of the NBA. If you think NBA players are better acting guys than NHL players, then you are a racist.
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      by Lavon on Jul 25, 2011 at 05:41 PM in reply to The Original ENC
      Aww what's the matter, you can't stand to see young black men make 100 times the amount of money that you will ever make? Well I guess that means you failed in life then don't it.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:40 PM in reply to Lavon
        Race. Is that the same reason you hate hockey?
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        by The Original ENC on Jul 26, 2011 at 10:52 AM in reply to Lavon
        I have no problem with people making more money than me - regardless of color. I know that I would be a better steward with it than most of them. Lastly, it does not mean I failed in life, because at least I know the correct use of English, now "doesn't it"?
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        by Sam on Jul 27, 2011 at 05:57 AM in reply to Lavon
        Since 1995
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      by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:39 PM in reply to The Original ENC
      The refs allow the players to fight each other in almost every hockey game. Wouldn't that be the definition of "thug mentality?"
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        by The Original ENC on Jul 26, 2011 at 10:49 AM in reply to
        1) They keep in within the confines of the game...rarely. 2) There are ""rules" 3) There is no gunplay 4) There are no sexual assualts 5) Players don't have entourages....shall I continue?
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          by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2011 at 11:45 AM in reply to The Original ENC
          If a hockey style fight broke out in the middle of an NFL or NBA game. EVERYONE would be screaming "Thug" Behavior.
  • by Steve on Jul 25, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    Who cares, you got billinare owners fighting with millinare players over who gets what. For crying in a bucket! None of these people have my sympathy.
  • by fred Location: martin co on Jul 25, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    Lets just boycot them,,who cares,,a bunch of overpaid crybabies
  • by Brett Favre Location: Bath on Jul 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    Thank god. Got my Sunday's planned for about 4-5 months. How bout them Cowboys!
  • by Who care? on Jul 25, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    Mindless entertainment!
  • by fan on Jul 25, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    Fans of fantasy football care - A LOT! It is a big business in and of itself.
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