Ready for Some Football? NFL Lockout Over

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Pro football is back on the Fall calendar after a more than four month lockout that threatened the upcoming season.

NFL players voted in favor of a final deal Monday, giving a green light for the new collective bargaining agreement approved last week by owners.

This is a long time coming, and football's back," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, "and that's the great news for everybody."

In 2008, owners decided to opt out of the NFL's old labor contract, which expired March 11. After the contract let up, owners locked out the players, creating the league's first work stoppage since 1987.

Under the proposed schedule, training camps would open for all 32 teams by Sunday, July 31.

NFL clubs can start signing 2011 draft picks and rookie free agents Tuesday.

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