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Can they close the deal? NFL and Players said to be closing in on new CBA deal

The NFL and Players are said to be putting on the finishing touches this week on a new CBA agreement. Can they close the deal?
Face to face meetings are on-going today and one General Manager told Don Banks of SI.com, that the labor negotiations are on the 5-yard line.
Optimism is brewing that a deal will be in place before July 15th, which has been seen as a deadline for training camps to start on time.
Keeping the preseason intact has been pivotal in talks for the owners, who would lose millions if the games were lost.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Steelers owner Art Rooney II are among the heavyweight owners apart of today’s talks in the hopes of putting the finishing touches on a new deal.
The players are getting late pressure from retired players, led by Franco Harris (no surprise there) who feel they have been closed out of the talks and want better benefits.
However, the late pressure from the retired players isn’t expected to lead to a deal breaker by any means.
With a deal inching closer, the Steelers yesterday held organizational meetings deciding whether they will hold training camp in Latrobe or at their practice facility on the Southside.

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