The NFL's owners have voted to accept the negotiated terms of a new proposed collective bargaining agreement, sending the vote to players ahead of a potential agreement between the sides.
All 32 owners met Thursday in New York City for an update on the proposal.
The vote wasn't unanimous, but the new CBA received three-fourths majority support to pass, according to a source.
"Following more than ten months of intensive and thorough negotiations the NFL Players and clubs have jointly developed a comprehensive set of new and revised terms that will transform the future of the game, provide for players -- past, present, and future -- both on and off the field, and ensure that the NFL's second century is even better and more exciting for the fans," the league said in a statement.
"The membership voted today to accept the negotiated terms on the principal elements of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Players Association would also need to vote to approve the same terms for there to be a new agreement. Since the clubs and players need to have a system in place and know the rules that they will operate under by next week, the membership also approved moving forward under the final year of the 2011 CBA if the players decide not to approve the negotiated terms. Out of respect for the process and our partners at the NFLPA, we will have no further comment at this time."
NFLPA team player reps and the NFLPA's executive council, which had been planning a Friday meeting on the topic in Washington, D.C., are now planning to hold a conference call Friday instead of meeting face-to-face.