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NFL Lockout Update: Owners Pass New CBA Proposal, Ball In Players' Hands

I choose to credit this story to this tweet from the NFLPA's George Atallah, but the NFL owners have voted in favor of ratifying the current collective bargaining agreement proposal to end the NFL Lockout.

Per ESPN, the owners vote was 31-0 in favor to ratify with Oakland Raider owner Al Davis abstaining from the vote. This vote, which was delayed by a few hours from its original time at 4:30 pm CT, was the culimination of a long day of reporting on various issues.

Later tonight, the players are scheduled to have a conference call. At the time of this writing, it is unknown if the players will have to re-certify to get the deal done or simply pass it. A lot of the reporting chatter has DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell looking to immediately end the lockout if the players vote and approve the new CBA.

There's a lot more to come in the coming hours, but, as of right now, the first hurdle has been cleared. Stay tuned to SB Nation Houston and Battle Red Blog for more developments on this story.

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