NFL Players Reps Approve Bargaining Agreement

Originally published on July 25, 2011 7:16 pm
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As NPR's Mike Pesca reports, that means the lockout is ending and the pro football season will go forward.

MIKE PESCA: At a press conference announcing the new deal, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wanted it known that football didn't forget its fans.

ROBERT KRAFT: First of all, I'd like, on behalf of both sides, to apologize to the fans that for the last five, six months we've been talking about the business of football, but the end result is we've been able to have an agreement that I think is going to allow this sport to flourish over the next decade.

PESCA: At this afternoon's press conference, the two opposing showed warmth towards each other. There was ever a genuinely touching moment when Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday took time to thank all the wives, including the late wife of the Patriots owner.

JEFF SATURDAY: A special thanks to Myra Kraft, who, even in her weakest moment, allowed Mr. Kraft to come and fight this out. And without him, this deal does not get done.

PESCA: Mike Pesca, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.