Saving The Season

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 3:34pm

A breakthrough in NFL labor talks could come this week.

An end to the ongoing NFL lockout may be in sight.

As player representatives arrived to vote on a new labor agreement optimism about a deal was tempered by a warning there might be delays.

A potential deal on a new collective bargaining agreement could go to a players vote later Wednesday.

"Our board is here so that if the deal, in its totality, is the right deal, then they will propose
it to the rest of the players of the NFL," says Players Association president Kevin Mawae.

Owners could then ratify the agreement at their meeting on Thursday in Atlanta.

They've already reached accord on things like revenue sharing, a salary cap and benefits for retired players.

Before a vote, unresolved issues including like an ongoing anti-trust lawsuit filed by several players have to be figured out.

If nothing is ratified by Thursday it's unlikely training camps and the season will start on time.

24 of the 32 owners would have to ratify the agreement.

The regular season opener is scheduled for September 8th.

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