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Is Goodell confident that a deal is near? Craig Thomas

While progress has been made on the labor front, Roger Goodell warns there is still a lot of work to be done.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ve got to do it right,” Goodell said. “The agreement that we’re negotiating has got to address several issues.  Those issues are complex and it needs to be done in a way that is fair to the players, fair to the clubs, and most importantly allows us to continue to have that full 2011 football season. It’s our job to try to make that happen.”

Is there a date a deal needs to be completed by in order to have a full season?

Is there a drop dead date? Goodell said. “There isn’t, but obviously, time is moving quickly and we are fast approaching the training camp period.  There is an urgency for everybody to get this done.”

When do you think a owner’s vote might actually occur?

“There’s a lot to be done,” Goodell said.  “Obviously you’d want to have the agreement fully negotiated and reflected in the documents.  Secondly, there is some litigation involved with this also as you know that would have to get resolved also.  Those steps would have to take place and would be done on an expedited basis as possible.”