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NFL players do not sign agreement, strike continues

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Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 11:37am

One day after owners approved a new collective bargaining agreement for the NFL, there is still no deal to end the lockout.

The players are looking over the agreement, but have only a few more days to ratify it before losing more of the preseason.

As the NFL owners and some players gathered in Boston for the funeral of Myra Kraft, wife of Patriots' owner Robert, the players representatives issued a statement saying they're discussing the most recent proposal, but out of respect, would have no further news Friday.

Owners have given them until Tuesday to ratify the collective bargaining agreement and recertify the players union, clearing the way for training camps to start Wednesday.

While owners were optimistic after their approval Thursday, players apparently aren't yet ready to punt, saying they haven't had enough time to read the agreement.

Others called it a power play, with Steeler Ryan Clark tweeting:

"It is deception. Paints a picture of bargaining or negotiation to the public when there wasn't."

As the almost 2,000 players and their reps now examine the deal, some of the issues they've voiced concern over are a supplemental revenue sharing agreement and ten years with no opt-out clause.

The first preseason game, the Hall of Fame exhibition game, has already been canceled.
  

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