NFL Players Reps Approve Bargaining Agreement Representatives of NFL players voted Monday to accept a new collective bargaining agreement with the league. That means training camps will open later this week — and a mad scramble for free agents and trades begins.
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NFL Players Reps Approve Bargaining Agreement

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NFL Players Reps Approve Bargaining Agreement

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Representatives of NFL players voted Monday to accept a new collective bargaining agreement with the league. That means training camps will open later this week — and a mad scramble for free agents and trades begins.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

As NPR's Mike Pesca reports, that means the lockout is ending and the pro football season will go forward.

MIKE PESCA: At a press conference announcing the new deal, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wanted it known that football didn't forget its fans.

ROBERT KRAFT: First of all, I'd like, on behalf of both sides, to apologize to the fans that for the last five, six months we've been talking about the business of football, but the end result is we've been able to have an agreement that I think is going to allow this sport to flourish over the next decade.

PESCA: At this afternoon's press conference, the two opposing showed warmth towards each other. There was ever a genuinely touching moment when Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday took time to thank all the wives, including the late wife of the Patriots owner.

JEFF SATURDAY: A special thanks to Myra Kraft, who, even in her weakest moment, allowed Mr. Kraft to come and fight this out. And without him, this deal does not get done.

PESCA: Mike Pesca, NPR News.

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