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Owners, players meet again

NFL owners and players met for the second straight day in Hull, Mass., 18 miles south of Boston, as they attempt to close in on a collective bargaining agreement.

Jonathan Colter, general manager of the Nantasket Beach Resort, told The Associated Press that the meetings lasted until late Thursday afternoon. None of the owners or players was scheduled to stay at the resort Thursday night, meaning this set of meetings is over.

The NFL said in a statement Thursday evening that talks will continue.

Among those at the meetings were Commissioner Roger Goodell and owners John Mara of the New York Giants, Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers, Clark Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs, Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots and Dean Spanos of the San Diego Chargers.

Players association chief DeMaurice Smith was there along with several players, including Jeff Saturday of the Indianapolis Colts, Tony Richardson of the New York Jets, and Domonique Foxworth of the Baltimore Ravens.

"Some of them didn't stay and were dropped off here," Colter added. "We were honored to host the NFL owners and players association over the past few days."

The two sides have exchanged proposals on a variety of issues after meetings over the last three weeks in suburban Chicago and New York, and on the Maryland shore. The main topic has been how to divide revenues -- $9.3 billion last year -- and league owners were briefed this week on a plan that would give the players just under 50 percent of total income. An off-the-top expense credit of about $1 billion that went to the owners would be eliminated.

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