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NFL owners approve new CBA package by a vote of 31-0

07.21.11 at 7:06 pm ET

The NFL owners voted Thursday night to approve the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a vote of 31-0, with only the Oakland Raiders abstaining, according to the NFL Network. The focus now shifts to the players, who are scheduled to have a conference call with NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith and all 32 player representatives at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued the follow statement after the vote was made public:

‘€œWe are pleased to announce that our clubs have approved the terms of a long-term negotiated agreement with the NFL players,’€ said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. ‘€œIt includes many positive changes that emerged from a spirit of compromise rooted in doing what is best for the game and players. DeMaurice Smith and his team, and the players and owners involved in the negotiations, deserve great credit for their skill and professionalism. If approved by the players, this agreement will allow the league and its players to continue to benefit from the NFL’€™s popularity and will afford a unique opportunity to deliver to fans an even better, safer, and more competitive game in the future.

‘€œOn behalf of the NFL, our teams and players, I want to express our deep appreciation to Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan. Judge Boylan was the court-appointed mediator, but his contributions far exceeded that role. His patience, determination, and commitment helped keep everyone focused on the goal, and helped lead us to today’€™s announcement.’€

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