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NFL lockout deadline nearing

By Becky Gulden

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The clock is ticking for the National Football League. 

At midnight Thursday the collective bargaining agreement expires between players and team owners. 

Late Wednesday night the league's 32 team owners gathered at a hotel in Virginia. They left the mediation after about four hours of talks but didn't talk to reporters.

If a negotiation isn't reached you may not get to watch your favorite team play next year.

The last work stoppage for the NFL was in 1987.

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said, "So far, obviously, we haven't been successful but we're optimistic in due time we will."

He went on to say the league's objective is to negotiate a fair agreement for both players and teams.

So far the sides can't agree on how to divide the league's revenues, rookie wage scales, and benefits for retired players.  

WBTV's Derrick Rose has more in a live report that aired on WBTV News This Morning.


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