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NFL Lockout Expected To End Thursday, Says Arthur Blank

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who's playing unofficial host to Thursday's NFL owner meetings in Atlanta, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he expects a deal to be completed according to the timeline everyone had hoped for over the past few weeks -- in other words, Thursday in Atlanta.

"I’d be disappointed like 330 million people in America if it didn’t get done today," he told the paper.

Owners have the task of ... well, here's an excellent breakdown of what needs to happen today. I don't really want to re-write it. I'm sorry. Wednesday night, players reportedly voted to "conditionally" approve the settlement that would put the ball in the owners' court. I think that's a foursquare metaphor. As Tyson Clabo put it, there's still work to do.

Blank has been relatively (and wisely) silent throughout lockout negotiations, other than posting an open letter to fans on the team's website.

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