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Players vote to OK deal to end NFL lockout

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By HOWARD FENDRICH and BARRY WILNER
AP Pro Football Writers

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) -- The NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps have voted unanimously to approve the terms of a deal to the end the 4½-month lockout.

Owners overwhelmingly approved a proposal last week, but some unresolved issues still needed to be reviewed to satisfy players; the owners do not need to vote again.

The sides worked through the weekend and wrapped up the details Monday morning on a final pact that is for 10 years, without an opt-out clause, a person familiar with the deal told the AP.

Owners decided in 2008 to opt out of the league's old labor contract, which expired this March. That's when the owners locked out the players, creating the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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