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NFL.com news: Goodell says NFL’s all-stars must play Pro Bowl at higher level

With Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers already having decried the lack of effort by his Pro Bowl teammates, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called for the league’s all-star game to be played at a higher level.

“We’re either going to have to improve the quality of what we’re doing in the Pro Bowl or consider other changes or even consider eliminating the game if that’s the kind of quality game we’re going to provide,” Goodell said Sunday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” according to ESPN.com.

After acknowledging that “fans were actively booing in stands,” Goodell implied that the game has to be less about rest and relaxation for the players and more about giving fans what they want. According to the website, Goodell said he has communicated his concerns to NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.

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Commissioner Goodell, NFLPA’s Smith ink 10-year labor deal | NFL.com

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CANTON, Ohio — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith signed the new collective bargaining agreement on a makeshift table on the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

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It’s official: NFL players ratify 10-year labor deal with league | NFL.com

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NFL players completed their ratification of the new, 10-year collective bargaining agreement Thursday, signaling the official end of the labor dispute and the start of the 2011 league year.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tweeted: “Congrats to our players & teams and thank you fans for your patience. The NFL will be better than ever #backtofootball”

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith tweeted: “We are proud that we ratified a 10 year CBA. Thanks to our players for their leadership. Thanks to our fans for your patience. Thanks to Roger Goodell and the owners for their commitment to getting this done. Our players and our fans #winning today. Let us play.”

via It’s official: NFL players ratify 10-year labor deal with league | NFL.com.

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NFLPA OKs deal, Roger Goodell says ‘football is back’ – ESPN

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The NFL and its players association agreed to a settlement to end its 4½-month lockout on Monday. The NFLPA executive board and 32 team reps voted unanimously to approve the terms of the deal, which was signed by both sides Monday.

“It’s been a long time coming. Football is back and that’s great news for everybody,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a joint news conference outside the NFLPA’s headquarters in Washington.

via NFLPA OKs deal, Roger Goodell says ‘football is back’ – ESPN.

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Owners OK new labor agreement; focus now on players’ vote | NFL.com

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NFL owners voted overwhelmingly in favor of a tentative 10-year agreement to end the four-month-old lockout Thursday, pending player approval.

The vote was 31-0 with the Oakland Raiders abstaining from the ratification, which came after a full day of meetings at an Atlanta-area hotel.

“We had profound philosophical differences of a football and an economic nature,” Raiders CEO Amy Trask told NFL Network reporter Albert Breer. ” … We voted the way we thought was appropriate.”

Players still had to sign off on the deal — and they must re-establish their union, the NFL said. Players didn’t vote on a full pact Wednesday because there were issues that hadn’t been resolved.�Sources told both Jay Glazer of NFL�Network and Fox�Sports and NFL�Network insider�Jason La Canfora that players won’t vote on�Thursday, though a players conference call is ongoing to discuss the proposal.

“Hopefully, we can all work quickly, expeditiously, to get this agreement done,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “It is time to get back to football. That’s what everybody here wants to do.”

The lockout is the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987. One casualty was the first game on the preseason schedule — the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame game between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams was canceled Thursday.

“The time was just too tight,” Goodell said. “Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to play the game this year.”

Team facilities will open Saturday, and the new league year will begin Wednesday, Goodell said — assuming the players approve the agreement, too.

After the owners approved their proposal, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith sent the following email to the players before their conference call:

“As you know the Owners have ratifified their proposal to settle our differences. It is my understanding that they are forwarding it to us. As you may have heard, they apparently approved a supplemental revenue sharing proposal. Obviously, we have not been a part of those discussions. As you know from yesterday, issues that need to be collectively bargained remain open, other issues such as workers compensation, economic issues and end of deal terms remain unresolved. There is no agreement between the NFL and the Players at this time. I look forward to our call tonight.”

The owners locked out the players March 12. During that time, teams weren’t allowed to communicate with current NFL players; players — including those drafted in April — couldn’t be signed; and teams didn’t pay for players’ health insurance.

Key aspects of the proposal include:

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NFL, players zero in on labor deal, but complex issues remain | NFL.com

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Lawyers for the NFL and its players met Monday in New York, but several issues still must be resolved before the parties can ratify a full collective bargaining agreement. According to sources with direct knowledge of the negotiations, some of those remaining items are sufficiently complicated and could require more than a few days to settle.

Among the issues still to be figured out:

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NFL.com news: Parties see progress in talks, especially on rookie wage scale

NEW YORK — When NFL owners meet in seven days in Atlanta, the hope is that they will have a completed proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement on which to vote.

There is still plenty of work to be done, and it continued during negotiations Thursday morning. But significant progress was made on the issue of the rookie wage scale, according to a source, and it appears it could be solved soon if the parties can work out a few remaining minor issues.

The owners have made concessions regarding the fifth-year compensation for rookies, sources told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora, marking the breakthrough in negotiations that had failed to materialize over the last week of meetings in Manhattan.

Sources additionally tell La Canfora that negotiations are scheduled to go past midnight on Thursday. Talks are ongoing, and for now both sides expect to be back at the table on Friday morning. It is unclear at this point if the face-to-face talks would continue into the weekend, with the owners and players yet to decide that part of the schedule.

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