NFL Owners Take Big Step to Ending Lockout

If players agree, team facilities could open on Saturday
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2011 7:32 PM CDT
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

(Newser) – It's possible the NFL will be open for business again in a matter of days. League owners approved a proposed 10-year labor agreement this evening, and the 4-month lockout will be over if the players follow suit, reports USA Today. It's not exactly a cinch, however, at least from what anonymous NFLPA officials are telling Sal Paolantonio of ESPN. "We are not happy here," says one.

The lockout has resulted in one definite casualty: NFL chief Roger Goodell announced that the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame preseason game will be canceled no matter what. See the Bleacher Report for how the "free agent frenzy" might sort itself out once the lockout ends.

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