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NFL sides move closer; maybe '2 weeks to go'

NFL owners and players met in the Boston area Wednesday in the latest attempt to work out a new collective bargaining agreement, a person with knowledge of the talks said.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and members of his labor committee resumed negotiations with players association chief DeMaurice Smith and several players. A day earlier, NFL owners were briefed on recent progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

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

One NFL player said the NFLPA told him progress is being made “but there’s still maybe two weeks to go” before a settlement is likely. The player also spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak for the players association.

The main topic of discussion is the breakdown of total revenues. One person told the AP on Tuesday that the players’ share would approach the 50 percent the NFLPA has said it has received throughout the last decade. But the expense credits the league takes off the top – about $1 billion – would disappear.

Also, there would no longer be “designated revenues” from which the players would share, the person said. Instead, the players would share from the entire pie, which they project will grow significantly over the course of the new CBA, which is expected to run from six to 10 years.

So if they are taking 48 percent or more of a much higher revenue stream – without the initial NFL deduction for operating expenses – the players still would receive far more money than they got under the previous agreement.

A salary floor keeping teams within 90 percent of the cap also would be included.

COX REPORT DUE JULY 1

An arrest affidavit detailing the sexual assault allegations against Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox will be released July 1 with the name of the accuser, medical information and the name of a friend redacted to protect their privacy.

District Court Judge Paul King on Wednesday sided with The Associated Press and The Denver Post, which argued for the document’s unsealing.

King ruled that neither prosecutors nor Cox defense attorney Harvey Steinberg presented sufficient evidence that the affidavit’s release would jeopardize Cox’s right to a fair trial.

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