NFL owners have voted in favor of a tentative agreement to end the football lockout, pending player approval.
Thursday's ratification came after a full day of meetings at an Atlanta-area hotel, where team executives pored over the terms of the deal.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the ball is now in the players' hands.
"There is an urgency to this. We want to have a full 2011 season, that includes the four preseason games, and we're up against a wall," he said. "And I think that's indicated by the unfortunate cancellation of the Hall of Fame game."
Imagine this: A group of researchers off the coast of South Africa were trying to lure great white sharks to their boat when suddenly one them flies out of the water and, plop!, lands in the back part of the boat.
The shark was 9 feet long and the the boat about 26 feet. NPR's Michele Norris spoke to Dorien Schroeder, a team leader with Ocean's Research, who said at first the shark was stressed and rolling around.
Michele Norris speaks with Dorien Schroeder, a team leader with Ocean's Research, who lived a Jaws-like moment when a great white jumped on deck of her team's research boat after they threw fish into the water to lure sharks closer. This all happened off the coast of South Africa.
Schroeder says the shark was three meters and it managed to curl up in the back part of the board, seemingly unharmed.
The research team released the shark back in the water and it swam away.