NFL owners voted to approve the proposed labor agreement with the NFL Players Association on Thursday, putting the potential end of the league’s lockout in the hands of the players, who might vote on the proposed deal Thursday night.


According to sources, the NFL owners voted 31-0 to accept the proposed 10-year collective bargaining agreement, with the Raiders abstaining. Sources told’s John Clayton that the owners have notified the players they would accept this deal contingent on all union matters being resolved next week, and the NFL Players Association being reconstituted as a union.


The likely start of training camps is estimated to be Aug. 1, sources said.


Commissioner Roger Goodell announced at a news conference in Atlanta shortly after the completion of the vote that the league has cancelled the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame preseason game between the Rams and Bears.


Goodell said team training facilities would open Saturday and the new league year would begin next Wednesday, contigent on  CLICK HERE .