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2011 NFL Lockout End Near: Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith in Talks

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Today could be the day that millions of NFL fans have been waiting for; the end of the 2011 NFL Lockout.

News surrounding the NFL lockout has resembled a seesaw with much haggling from the players.

Yesterday it appeared that the player reps would vote on a new collective bargaining agreement in Atlanta, but then they still had to hash a few more things out.

Then, Kevin Mawae, the head of the decertified players union claimed that they were "tied to a deadline."

Added to that, word came out that Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins (among the 10 listed in the suit against the NFL) wanted $10 million for their "settlement." Although Vincent Jackson posted on ESPN Insider Adam Schefter's Twitter page and denied that he's seeking anything.

Right now this is where it stands. Roger Goodell has the 24 votes needed from owners to ratify a new CBA.

Goodell and DeMaurice Smith have been on the phones since Wednesday night going back and forth over the last remaining issues.

Then, the players would have to agree to recertify the union before voting on it. NFLPA team representatives would then recommend re-establishing the group as a union, which must be approved by a majority vote of the 1,900 players. And, those votes probably would be done by conference call.

NFL Player Reps gave DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA a "vote of confidence" to finish the remaining points in the proposed CBA according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

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It looks as though the players and owners want to get the lockup resolved today and ratify a new CBA, which will last 10 years. NFL Owners are in Atlanta and ready to vote.

Even Atlanta Falcons Owner Arthur Blank is declaring an end to the lockout, saying it should end today.

Then, look for all hell to break loose as official NFL business begins. It could all start with the Eagles trading Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals, as has been widely talked about.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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