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UPDATED: Players haven't voted on NFL owners' tentative deal

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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. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that players didn't vote Thursday on the agreement because they had not seen the full proposal approved by owners.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the process is supposed to be secret.

Before the call began, NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith wrote in an email to the 32 team representatives: "There is no agreement between the NFL and the players at this time."

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

If both sides agree on the proposal, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to reopen NFL training facilities as early as Saturday, and hopefully enter the official preparation schedule for the 2011 season next Wednesday.

Goodell also said the Hall of Fame game between St. Louis and Chicago has been canceled.

The Rams and Bears originally were scheduled to open their training camps this weekend and play in the exhibition game to open the preseason schedule on Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio.

Goodell said the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will go on as planned but says "the time is just too short" to have the teams prepare and play the game as scheduled.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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