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BBAO: Awaiting players' vote on CBA

We're Black and Blue All Over:

After a wild and emotional day on the NFL labor front, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that the NFL Players Association expects to call a vote on the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) ratified Thursday by owners. Does that mean it will pass and the game will go back into business this weekend?

At this point, the only responsible thing to say is this: I have no clue.

The NFLPA's 32 player representatives will vote on the proposal, but it's obvious that emotions are still running high. One of those representatives, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, sent out this tweet a little after 2 a.m. ET: "Media spin on owners position in this lockout is ridiculous. Believe my colleagues tweets tonight about the events of the last 24 hours."

What's the issue? Owners have made an obvious power play, writes ESPN.com's John Clayton, and placed public pressure on the players to end a lockout originally initiated by owners. The CBA they passed is "the owners' version," Clayton wrote. Their tactics and the substance of the CBA have angered players.

Eventually, there will be a deal and it's hard to imagine this final misstep causing a delay in the regular season, which is what most people really care about. But some feelings are going to have to be smoothed over first.

We'll keep you updated throughout the day.

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