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NFL meeting: Early dismissal good sign

Updated: June 21, 2011 4:48PM



There appears to be some optimism at the NFL owners meeting in Rosemont.

The meeting is now expected to end later this afternoon and not tomorrow, suggesting there might not be as much resistance to the proposed college bargaining agreement as was originally thought. The 32 owners and team representatives were told last week to be prepared to stay at the Westin O’Hare for an extra day.

Under the proposed CBA, players would receive a 48 percent share of the revenue, according to an ESPN report. The players received approximately 60 percent of the revenue in the previous CBA.

The owners will not vote on the proposal today because the meeting is simply “informational.” Commissioner Roger Goodell is updating everyone on the new CBA and is expected to accept input. At least nine of the owners must vote against the proposal to stop it from going forward.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said before the meeting he is hopeful a deal can get done before any preseason games are missed. Training camps are scheduled to begin in late July, and the preseason on Aug. 7, which makes the next few weeks critical in preserving the entire NFL season.

“I think the logic that you’re pushing on both sides is saying why get a deal Oct. 1 or whenever when you could have had July 7 or whatever,” Irsay said. “It just makes sense to continue to have a feeling of urgency and to work to try to get something done.”

Goodell is expected to address the media when the meeting concludes this afternoon.



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