NEW YORK - The smiling faces of NFL owners and players are all that's needed to understand why both sides are feeling like winners after finally reaching agreement on a new labor contract.
It took a 136-day lockout to do it, but players are coming away with better salaries and benefits and safer working conditions.
Owners, meanwhile, are gaining a higher percentage of the more than $9 billion in annual league revenues.
Chicago Bears kicker and union representative Robbie Gould says Monday the "whole deal for everybody is truly an upgrade." He says the owners wanted an improved percentage of revenues and got it, and the players are getting more money and improved benefits.
"I think at the end of the day, the deal is fair for everyone," Gould said.