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AP Sources: Lawsuit, NFLPA's status unresolved
People familiar with talks: Antitrust suit an open issue as NFL, players work to end lockout
By The Associated Press

People familiar with negotiations to end the NFL's four-month-long lockout tell The Associated Press there are still issues that need to be resolved, even now that owners and players have agreed to many of the main elements of a deal.

Among the items that are not yet agreed upon, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are supposed to remain confidential:

' whether the NFL Players Association will reconstitute itself as a union;



' exactly what it will take for the nine NFL players who are named plaintiffs in the pending antitrust suit to agree to settle that case.

Among the parts mostly squared away:

' how the more than $9 billion in annual league revenues will be divided;

' a rookie salary system;

' free agency rules.


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