Deal reached that could end NFL lockout

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The NFL Players Association and the league have reached an agreement on a new labor deal, NFL.com reported Monday. “The league’s 32 player representatives and then all of its players still must vote to approve it, but at this point it appears a formality,” the NFL.com report said. Negotiators reached the agreement in the very early hours of Monday morning, the report said. On Sunday, the NFL quoted New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as telling fans in an e-mail, “The deal is almost done.” Brees is one of 10 NFL players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the league over the lockout. The lockout started in March.

Both sides over the weekend discussed details players wanted resolved in the agreement. They included the contractual handling of player injury, an opt-out clause in the 10-year deal and “most pointedly, the potential timeline for the recertification of the NFLPA (NFL Players’ Association) as a union,” the NFL said. The proposed collective-bargaining agreement with 1,900 players would last through the 2020 season. If players accept the deal Monday, free-agent signing could begin this week and the four-week preseason could go forward with only one hitch, according to the NFL. The first preseason game — the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams — was canceled because of the delay in opening camps,NFL Commission Roger Goodell said. It had been scheduled for August 7. The regular season is set to open on September 8. To read the full article check out CNN.com and for a free insurance quote visit our website today http://www.kimberleyvassal.com

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