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NFL Player Reps Leave Meeting Without Agreement, Owners Meet Today

NFL Player Reps Leave Meeting Without Agreement, Owners Meet Today
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POSTED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 8:30am

UPDATED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 1:51pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representatives from the NFL Players Association and individual representatives from all 32 teams sat down Wednesday for meetings in the nation's capital.

It was a day that many hoped would be the beginning of the end of the 4-month old NFL lockout.

Representatives from the 32 NFL teams left meetings Wednesday without voting on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Maurice Stovall is the Tampa Bay player representative, "We still need some work to be done, but we're getting there" he said.  
 
The layers' executive committee and team reps did discuss remaining issues.  Wednesday morning, the players stressed they won't rush to a decision. (sot kevin mawae / president - nfl players association :24-:29)

"We want to play football.  We want to go back to work, but we're not going to agree to any deal unless it's the right deal for all the players" said Kevin Mawae, the President of the NFL Players Association.   

If final legal hurdles are worked out and if a new deal is on paper, the players could vote on it this morning.

NFL owners are meeting today in Atlanta and they too could vote on the new collective bargaining agreement. If 24 of the 32 owners vote yes, then locks would come off NFL facilities, some training camps could open as early as this weekend and the country's most popular sport would be open for business once more.

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