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NFL, players move closer to new CBA

(AP) — The NFL and its players have moved closer to a new collective bargaining agreement and the next decade of labor peace that would come with it.

If the process is at first-and-goal now, though, there’s still work to be done to get into the end zone.

With a late-night vote, on the slim majority approval of the 32 team representatives, the NFL Players Association was preparing Wednesday to send the current CBA proposal to the full union membership for potential ratification. There was no immediate word on how quickly that decisive vote would be conducted.

Last week, the owners flashed their thumbs up with a majority-vote approval of the agreement that’s a product of 10 months of negotiations with a 17-game regular season the most significant change.

“There will be white smoke when there is white smoke,” NFLPA President Eric Winston told reporters in Indianapolis during the NFL scouting combine. “The one thing we’re not doing is rushing though this thing. Every ‘I’ will be dotted, every ‘T’ will be crossed, and when that happens, that happens.”

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