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NFL lockout: Owners ratify deal to end lockout (updated)

July 21, 2011 |  4:14 pm

The NFL owners have ratified a deal to lift the player lockout but it’s unclear what that means for a collective bargaining agreement or when free agency might begin.

According to NFL Network, the vote was 31-0 with the Oakland Raiders choosing to abstain, as they often do.

While owners have been meeting at an airport hotel in Atlanta, representatives for the players are in Washington working on their next move.

[UPDATED, 4:47 p.m.: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced at a news conference that the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame game between the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears has been cancelled.]

We'll have more soon at


Document: Read the full agreement

Owners, players working on different timetables

Owners plan to vote, players plan to talk

Waiting on players' vote

Retired players won't hold up deal

Lockout put rookie free agents in limbo

-- Sam Farmer in Atlanta

Photo: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and Colts President Bill Polian take a break during Thursday's NFL owners meetings in College Park, Georgia. Credit: John Amis / Reuters