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NFL, NFLPA reach agreement to start season on time

It’s official, there will be football.

Earlier on Friday, it was announced that both the NFL and the NFL Players Association have come to an agreement that will allow the upcoming season to start on time. Recently, players had taken issue with the NFL’s approach to safety concerning the coronavirus and a massive social media protest was organized by many of the sports high-profile athletes.

Since then, the two sides have found common ground.

“The NFL clubs and the NFL Players Association approved an agreement that broadly resolves all outstanding issues relating to the opening of training camps and start of the 2020 season. Training camps will begin as scheduled,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in the above statement. “We have worked collaboratively to develop a comprehensive set of protocols designed to minimize risk for fans, players, and club and league personnel.

“These plans have been guided by the medical directors of the NFL and the NFLPA and have been reviewed and endorsed by independent medical and public health experts, including the CDC, and many state and local public health officials. The season will undoubtedly present new and additional challenges, but we are committed to playing a safe and complete 2020 season, culminating with the Super Bowl.”

The NFL’s proposal was approved by the NFLPA, by a vote of 29-3, just a few short hours after it was introduced.

According to ESPN, here are the provisions that were approved in order to start training camp on time, which is scheduled to begin on July 28:

  • The 80-man roster deadline is Aug. 16, before padded practice, but teams can have 90-man rosters if they go with a split-squad setup. Some teams have plans to split squads and use stadium and regular practice facilities.
  • The salary cap remains the same for 2020 at $198.2 million per team, and there is a cap floor of $175 million in 2021 with the possibility of it being higher based on revenue streams.
  • The loss of any potential revenue will be spread out over the next four years, through 2024.
  • There will be a fund established to pay back any benefits eliminated as a result of COVID-19 up to 2023, as well as paying back any lost guaranteed money to players.
  • NFL players considered high risk to COVID-19 can earn $350,000 and an accrued NFL season if they choose to opt out of the 2020 season. Players without risk can earn $150,000 for opting out.
  • Players who make a team’s cut get a $300,000 stipend if the season is canceled and no games are played. If a season is canceled before the cut-down date, players who were on a team in 2019 get $250,000.

“They basically reached a compromise.” NFL insider Ian Rapoport said in terms of coming to an agreement on upcoming salary caps.

Sports are coming back and they’re all coming back at the same time.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

1 Comment for NFL, NFLPA reach agreement to start season on time

  1. Lip Man 1
    9:41 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Zach: Their MAY be football. Just like college the NFL isn’t in control of the situation…like it or not, the virus is.