NFL owners back new CBA deal, leaving final decision in players’ hands

first_imgThe existing deal expires at the end of next season and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently insisted player welfare continued to be a priority.MORE: Expanded NFL playoffs, explainedThe NFL said in a statement on its website that the new CBA would “transform the future of the game.”Now, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) will need to examine the terms on the table. Player representatives, one from each of the 32 teams, must give at least two-thirds majority approval before all players are given the chance to vote. Only then can the CBA be enacted, and there is no guarantee of the players’ support. Initial talks within the NFLPA will reportedly begin Friday.Last month, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who is an NFLPA vice president, accused the NFL and team owners of putting a “price tag” on player safety in pushing for the extra game. He and other suspect the move is a steppingstone to an 18-game season.MORE: Pros and cons of NFL’s playoff expansion proposal NFL owners on Thursday backed a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and invited the league’s players to get the deal over the line.Plans to expand the regular-season schedule have proved a divisive issue amid a push for a 17-game regular season. “I don’t think it’s something the players are interested in, honestly. If that’s the point they’re negotiating on, I think these negotiations are going to go a lot longer than anticipated,” Sherman said in the lead-up to Super Bowl 54.We covered some pressing topics yesterday at our #SuperBowlLIV press conference, including the status of the CBA.— NFLPA (@NFLPA) January 31, 2020A report on the NFL’s website said the CBA proposal included an option for the future 17-game schedule, along with increasing the players’ share of revenue from 47 to 48 percent and reportedly moving it to 48.5 percent in the event of the 17-game season being implemented.It also includes a plan to expand the playoffs by two teams, one in each conference. That change would begin immediately.last_img