NFL Sides Worn Down; July 21 Deal Likely

Denver Post

It's beginning to look as if a deal to end the NFL lockout could come on or around July 19, the date of the next scheduled mediation between the league and its players -- with NFL owners expected to ratify the agreement two days later at a scheduled meeting in Atlanta.

That doesn't mean the league resumes business immediately. Players must approve the deal too, and if nothing else, that process is complicated by their decertification. Nevertheless, once they sign off on it, look for a frenzy of activity -- with camps opening, rookies and free agents signed, trades produced and a preseason launched.

One possible complication: The Hall of Fame Game.

There is a chance, sources tell me, that the Aug. 7 game between ...

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