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Sides see fair deal in labor settlement

Updated: July 26, 2011, 10:40 AM ET
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NEW YORK -- NFL owners and players were all smiles after agreeing on a new labor deal. Any why not? Both sides were feeling like winners.

It took a 4½-month lockout to do it, but players came away with better salaries and benefits and safer working conditions. Owners, meanwhile, gain a higher percentage of the more than $9 billion in annual league revenues that figure to rise significantly.

"The whole deal for everybody is truly an upgrade," Chicago Bears kicker and player representative ...

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