The world of sports is ALWAYS turning, even in the wake of a global pandemic.
Earlier on Sunday, it was reported that the NFL and the NFL’s Player Association have come to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that would run through 2030.
Sources to ESPN: NFL players voted to approve the proposed CBA, giving the NFL 10 more years of labor peace, players an increased share of revenue, former players added benefits, and the league 17-game regular seasons along with an expanded playoff field.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2020
Players have voted to approve the new NFL CBA.
? Two playoff teams added for 2020
? 17-game season in 2021
? Increase in min. salaries
? Increase in player revenue share
It will run through 2030. pic.twitter.com/EZazq07WoG
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 15, 2020
The CBA was approved by a vote of 1,109 to 959, just a 51.5 percent “yes” rate. That… doesn’t sound like the beginnings of a “peaceful” labor agreement.
Among the notable changes included are that minimum salaries will be raised and a 17th regular-season game will be added to the schedule. Two more playoffs teams will be added, giving each conference seven total (the top-overall seed receives a bye while the next six play in the opening round games) and revenue shared amongst the players will be increased, as well.
There had been debate amongst groups of NFL players on whether or not they should vote to approve the new CBA, as there was language that didn’t have a favorable impact on every player. One of the most notable discrepancies amongst the players was the increased 17-game schedule, which a sizable chunk of players felt was too much. There are several that belive a 16-game schedule was already too much stress on the human body (and they’re probably right), but the NFL is trying to amend that with more money for lower-end players.
According to ProFootballTalk, the NFL might delay its free agency now that a new CBA is in place. With all that potential money being signed to players without any idea when the season might begin, it sounds like a good idea to do so.