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NFL Lockout: Deal Is Close But 'Unresolved Issues' Remain

We've been treated to stories all week indicating the NFL lockout could be ending very soon. According to reports, the players could vote on the settlement as soon as Wednesday and the owners could do the same on Thursday. If those reports are accurate, and both sides do vote by Thursday, then we could be heading into our first NFL lockout-free weekend since March.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post notes that, while an agreement is expected to be voted on this week, there are still a few loose ends to tie up.

There are still unresolved issues, but few people seem to consider them major obstacles now that the deal is headed to the voting stage.

It would appear that this thing is really happening.

The best-case scenario at this point is that the players vote -- and approve -- the settlement on Wednesday followed by the owners doing the same on Thursday.