Anyone who pays any attention to the NFL knows that the league is in labor negotiations. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement ends at the end of the 2020-2021 season and the Player’s Association and the Owners are trying to settle this now to avoid a possible work stoppage next year.
A lot of players have been outspoken against this new CBA and I’m not really sure why. Here is a list of the noteworthy changes in the proposed deal:
- 17 Game Season-This won’t happen right away. This change can take place any time between 2021-2023.
- Each conference will have 7 playoff teams instead of 6
- Revenue share raise from 47% to 48% (48.5% if TV revenue increses by 60% for the league)
- League minimum salary will gradually increase from $510,000 in 2020 to $1.065M in 2030-Increases will occur annually until the year 2030
- No suspension for failed drug tests due to weed
- Roster Expansion-Gameday Rosters bump from 46 to 48 players; Practice Squads increase from 10 to 12 in 20-21 and then to 14 players in 2022
Obviously, there is more to this deal than what I listed above, but those are the big areas of interest for fans.
This seems like a good deal for the players, but they really seem to be hung up on that 17 game season.
I don’t know how this is going to go, but I hope a deal gets done because a work stoppage would be bad for the league and the fans.
Dan Graziano tweeted that the voting opens today at 9AM ET and will stay open for 7 days. That means that we should know in a little over a week whether or not we have to worry about a league wide holdout.