The Ravens are scheduled to begin their preseason at Philadelphia in three weeks and open the regular season against rival Pittsburgh at M&T Bank Stadium on Sept. 11.

"It's about time," said Vince Salvarola, 38, of Baltimore. "I'm ready to get some football going because the Orioles are doing so bad."

The biggest fallout for the Ravens has been the relocation of training camp from McDaniel College. With the uncertainty surrounding the lockout, the team will hold closed practices at its Owings Mills headquarters, which wasn't built to accommodate thousands of fans.

Ravens officials have talked about a public workout at M&T Bank Stadium, but they haven't announced a date.

There are more sweeping changes with the league itself. The new CBA gives players a little less than half of the sport's revenue (about 46.5 percent to 48 percent) and restores the salary-cap system. The NFL will require teams to spend over 90 percent of the annual salary cap and implement a rookie wage scale to reduce the amount of guaranteed money in first-year players' contracts.

The agreement keeps the regular season at 16 games and reduces the number of offseason workouts as well as the amount of hitting in those practices. It also reverts back to the previous free-agency system, where players become unrestricted free agents with four seasons of NFL experience.

"I think fans understand it's a business," said Jarret Johnson, who is entering his ninth NFL season. "If they had a bad opinion of us to begin with, this lockout is not going to change anything. I think being that we got it solved before training camp and the fact that fans are going to wake up and turn on the TV and watch football, I'm sure a majority of them aren't going to care."

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Sun staff writers Kevin Van Valkenburg, Robbie Levin and Christopher Branch contributed to this article

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