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One NFL executive has been urging the league for weeks that, in order for the full preseason schedule to be played, an agreement between the NFL and NFLPA would have to occur no later than July 14. This would give the courts time to approve the agreement; the NFLPA time to recertify; 32 teams and approximately 2,000 agents the time they would need to be debriefed on the new NFL rules; and players the time they need to get into camp and get in shape for the preseason. None of it can happen without an agreement, and there is still a gap on the most significant points -- division of revenues and jurisdiction over the next collective bargaining agreement. Some owners clearly want football and are willing to meet the players' price. But others -- remembering 2006, when a CBA that seemingly favored the players was thought to have been rushed through -- want to make sure they don't make the same mistake. Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.
A pushback from the owners' side has been apparent since March, when commissioner Roger Goodell was authorized in a vote to offer and negotiate whatever he thought was best for the league.