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NFL lockout vote set to take place amongst owners

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NFL owners are arriving at a hotel near Atlanta's airport to discuss — and possibly vote on — a deal to end the lockout that began in March.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has overseen the negotiations for the NFL and its owners. (Photo: Associated Press)

Jeffrey Lurie of the Eagles and Mike Brown of the Bengals are among the owners present Thursday morning. The league has said it hopes to have a final agreement with players ready for ratification Thursday.

Players had been expected to vote Wednesday on a full proposal to settle the labor dispute, but they did not.

Even after all acceptable terms are established, a deal would lead to a collective bargaining agreement only if NFL Players Association team reps recommend re-establishing the group as a union, which must be approved by a majority vote of the 1,900 players. Those votes probably would be done by conference call.

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