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Lawyers Meeting Today; Owner And Player Reps To Meet Wednesday

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

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NEW YORK (AP) – Lawyers representing the NFL and the players’ association are meeting in New York once again to clarify the language in a potential collective bargaining agreement.

Owners and players will get together on Wednesday, with several deadlines looming.

Both sides have been ordered to a meeting in Minneapolis next Tuesday with mediator and U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, who is on vacation this week. The owners have a special meeting set for July 21 in Atlanta, where they could vote to ratify a new deal if one is reached.

Meanwhile, the Rams and Bears are scheduled to open training camps late next week.

Talks bogged down last Friday over the rookie wage scale, guidelines for free agency and how benefits for retired players will be funded.

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