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NFL ratifies agreement in bid to end lockout

The NFL’s owners ratified a new labor agreement Thursday which would be a major step toward ending the four-month lockout, Usa Today reports.

“The clubs approved an agreement that was negotiated with the players,” said NFL Commissioner Roger GoodellPending approval of the players, team facilities will re-open Saturday and the new league year will begin next Wednesday when free agency could begin according to NFL general counsel Jeff Pash.