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NFL Lockout Halfway Over After Owners Vote To Approve Labor Deal

NFL owners in Atlanta have voted 31-0 to approve a deal that will end the lockout -- if players likewise agree to approve. The one abstaining vote? Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. I don't know. Let him roam.

The players have a conference call at 8 pm ET. It will be up to players to decide whether to reform the NFLPA union and whether to accept the new collective bargaining agreement. The former will involve every player, while the latter will be up to each team's player rep -- the Falcons are represented by Tyson Clabo. Things could end later tonight, or it could drag on into the weekend.

A few unresolved issues remain, along with some lawyerly stuff. But this is very good news. Looks like a Chick-fil-A dinner was all this thing needed all along.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.