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NFL football season is on!

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Inside Ralph Wilson Stadium

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The lockout against the NFL players and owners has ended.

The NFL Players Association's executive board and 32-team reps voted unanimously Monday to approve the terms of a deal to the end the four month lockout.

Owners overwhelmingly approved a proposal last week, but some unresolved issues still needed to be reviewed to satisfy players.

Both sides worked through the weekend and wrapped up the details this morning on a final 10-year pact that is without an opt-out clause. The league's old labor deal expired in March and owners locked out players.

Under a proposed schedule, 10 teams will open training camp on Wednesday, 10 more on Thursday, another 10 on Friday, and the last two teams on Sunday.

The Buffalo Bills are expected to gather at Saint John Fisher College in suburban Rochester on Friday for training camp.

Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. issued the following statement Monday afternoon:

"I am happy that the players and the owners have reached an agreement. This has been a long, arduous process for everyone. But in the end, we have a deal that is fair to both our players and the teams and, at the same time, protects the integrity of our game heading into the future. And that is extremely important as we move forward. To our fans, I say thank you for your patience and your understanding during these past four months. So with this great news today, it is time for all of us to focus on the 2011 season and look ahead to Training Camp. I'm excited about the direction our team is heading as we enter the upcoming season and I know our players and fans share in that excitement."