Owners meet to discuss - and maybe vote on - deal

NFL owners are arriving at a hotel near Atlanta's airport to discuss - and possibly vote on - a deal to end the lockout that began in March.

Jeffrey Lurie of the Eagles and Mike Brown of the Bengals are among the owners present Thursday morning. The league has said it hopes to have a final agreement with players ready for ratification Thursday.

Players had been expected to vote Wednesday on a full proposal to settle the labor dispute, but they did not. Even after all acceptable terms are established, a deal would lead to a collective bargaining agreement only if NFL Players Association team reps recommend re-establishing the group as a union, which must be approved by a majority vote of the 1,900 players.

Those votes probably would be done by conference call.

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