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NFL lockout nearing end, camps could open Saturday, report says

July 24, 2011 |  2:03 pm

Is labor peace just around the corner for the NFL?

According to an ESPN report, the NFL Players Assn. and league have reached an agreement on the remaining points in a proposed 10-year collective bargaining agreement.

The report, citing unnamed sources from both sides, said the NFLPA is planning a major news conference Monday and that player representatives’ executive committee is flying to Washington for a Monday vote.

If the executive committee votes to approve the CBA, which was ratified Thursday by NFL owners, the agreement will then be put to a vote of player reps from the 32 teams.

Assuming the new agreement clears those hurdles, players will vote on it Wednesday at their various team headquarters. It requires a majority vote to pass. At that point, if the CBA is approved, teams can begin contract talks with their own players, among them draft picks and free agents.

That would set the stage for free agency and training camps to start Saturday.


NFL players' dual focus: playing football and ensuring a fair deal

NFL players 'discussing' proposed collective bargaining agreement

-- Sam Farmer

Photo: DeMaurice Smith, head of the decertified players' union, on July 15. Louis Lanzano / Associated Press