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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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