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The deal so far

So here, finally, is some light at the end of the tunnel -- apparent details of a new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL owners and players.

The Cliff Notes version:

* The players get a 48 percent cut of revenues, with guarantees that it will never sink below 46.5 percent.

* The 18-game season is off the table.

* Projected revenues of as much as $18 billion by 2016 will not only make up the difference for the players in their cut -- it was roughly 53-60 percent after the last CBA -- but also enhance pension and health benefits for retired players.

Sounds like a good deal all around for everyone.

Sounds like it's time to grab a pen, sign the thing, and get the show on the road.

Ben Smith's blog.