POSTED: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 5:59pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 12:00am
NBC NEWS — Four months into the NFL lockout, the end may be in sight.
Representatives for the players are meeting in the nation's capitol today. As player representatives arrived, they were optimistic about a deal, tempered by a warning there might be delays.
A potential deal on a new collective bargaining agreement could go to a players vote later today. Owners could then ratify the agreement at their meeting on Thursday in Atlanta.
They've already reached accord on things like revenue sharing, a salary cap, and benefits for retired players. Before a vote, unresolved issues like getting 10 plaintiffs including Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to settle their antitrust lawsuit have to be figured out.
The clock is ticking, and if nothing is ratified by Thursday, it's unlikely training camps or the season will start on time.
24 of the 32 owners would have to ratify the agreement. The regular season opener is scheduled for September 8.