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NFL players ratify new CBA

Roger Goodell, Robert Kraft

NFL football Commissioner Roger Goodell, right, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and others, arrives at the NFL Players Association in Washington, Monday, July 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


The NFL’s players have voted today to ratify a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, allowing the league year to begin.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports had the first report that the deal has been approved.

“Just got word from a source they have received enough votes! Let the league year begin,” Glazer wrote on Twitter. “The players have voted to ratify the new CBA!”

It had to clear a few last hurdles today -- including testing for human growth hormone and appeals of league discipline for personal-conduct policy violations -- but the bottom line is that the NFL year is now underway.