NFL owners vote to end lockout, players don't vote yet

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that players didn't vote Thursday on a tentative agreement to end the NFL lockout because they had not seen the full proposal approved by owners.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the process is supposed to be secret.

Owners overwhelmingly voted for a tentative agreement earlier Thursday, pending an OK from the players, who later held a conference call to discuss the proposal. That call ended without a vote.

Before the call began, NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith wrote in an email to the 32 team representatives: "There is no agreement between the NFL and the players at this time."

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) -- NFL owners have voted in favor of a tentative agreement to end the lockout, pending player approval.

Thursday's ratification came after a full day of meetings at an Atlanta-area hotel, where team executives pored over the terms of the deal.

Players still have to sign off on the deal. They didn't vote on a full pact Wednesday because there were issues that had not been resolved. They plan to have a conference call later Thursday.

The four-month lockout is the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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