NFL Breakthrough

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 9:14am

Team owners and players report progress towards ending ongoing lockout.

NFL labor negotiations continued on two fronts Tuesday as league owners and players continued to discuss the remaining issues in the four-month-old lockout.

With agreements on revenue sharing, a salary cap, a rookie wage system and benefits for retired players already in place a players' vote to approve a new collective bargaining agreement and reform their union could come as early as Wednesday.

"We've got to trust the process, make sure we get this right, it's very important to the players that they get this right which is why they've been involved in working so hard," says NFL Players Association assistant director George Atallah.

NFL owners could then approve the new deal Thursday in Atlanta.

If the owners and players approve a new agreement this week teams could start to sign free agents next week and training camps for all 32 teams could open late this month with the full pre-season and regular season played out as scheduled.
 

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