Post-NFL Lockout Schedule Could See July 27th Start To Free Agency

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to the media after the owners voted 31-0 to approve the proposal with the players to end the NFL lockout. The vote now goes to the players who are scheduled to hold an 8:00 p.m. (ET) conference call. 

Here are the bullet points of Goodell's press conference:

-It's a 10-year agreement and there are no early opt-outs for either side.

-Training facilities could be open to the players as soon as Saturday. That means the players can go back to their team facilities, meet with the coaching staff and start game-planning for the 2011 season.

-The new league year could start next Wednesday. NFL attorney Jeff Pash said that would mean free agency would start that day as well. Next Wednesday is July 27 and most training camps open between July 29-Aug. 1. That's a tight timeframe for free agency before training camp starts.

-The Hall of Fame game has been canceled. The Bears and Rams were scheduled to play five total preseason games, including the HOF game, so they won't lose any work compared to the rest of the league.

Stay tuned for more NFL lockout news. The news may not be over for the night as the players could vote on the proposal later on Thursday evening.

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