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AP: NFL Owners, Players to Meet Again



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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 17: NFL lawyer Jeff Pash (L), NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Art Rooney II (R), president of the Pittsburgh Steelers arrive for court ordered mediation at the U.S. Courthouse on May 17, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the NFL lockout remains in place mediation was ordered after a hearing on an antitrust lawsuit filed by NFL players against the NFL owners after labor talks between the two broke down in March. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

    At the key NFL owners meeting outside Chicago today, owners and players are discussing a straight split of income in the next collective bargaining agreement that would net the players just under 50 percent of total revenue.

    A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the players' share would approach the 50 percent the NFLPA has said it's received throughout the last decade. But the expense credits -- about $1 billion last year -- that the league takes off the top would disappear.

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    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are supposed to be confidential.

    Commissioner Roger Goodell and his negotiating committee will meet with the players in Boston on Wednesday and Thursday.

    There's been optimism in the last few weeks that training camps could open on time late next month. But no one is saying a deal is imminent.