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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, is accompanied by NFL owners from left, Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones, Carolina Panthers' Jerry Richardson, Denver Broncos Pat Bowlen and Green Bay Packers' team president and chief executive officer Mark Murphy. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, is accompanied by NFL owners from left, Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones, Carolina Panthers’ Jerry Richardson, Denver Broncos Pat Bowlen and Green Bay Packers’ team president and chief executive officer Mark Murphy. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — NFL owners have voted in favor of a tentative agreement to end the lockout, pending player approval.

Thursday’s ratification came after a full day of meetings at an Atlanta-area hotel, where team executives pored over the terms of the deal.

Players still have to sign off on the deal. They didn’t vote on a full pact Wednesday because there were issues that had not been resolved. They plan to have a conference call later Thursday.

The four-month lockout is the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987.

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