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Owners approve proposed labor deal

July 21, 2011

NFL owners voted to approve the proposed labor agreement with the NFL Players Association on Thursday, putting the potential end of the league’s lockout in the hands of the players — who might vote on the proposed deal Thursday night.

According to sources, owners voted 31-0 to accept the proposed 10-year collective bargaining agreement, with the Oakland Raiders abstaining. Sources told’s John Clayton that the owners have notified the players they would accept this deal contingent on all union matters being resolved next week, and the players’ association being reconstituted as a union.

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