By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The new NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement has been ratified by the players on Saturday night. The news of the approved deal began to leak out on Sunday morning.
Through this new agreement, the NFL will now be under a 10-year agreement that begins with the 2021 season. The 2020 season – if there is a 2020 season with the current coronavirus outbreak – will be the final agreement under the previous deal.
It was approved with a 1,019 vote compared to 959. Just 60 votes were the different in the vote.
“NFL players have voted to approve ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement by a vote tally of 1,019 to 959,” the NFLPA said in a statement. “This result comes after a long and democratic process in accordance with our constitution. An independent auditor received submitted ballots through a secure electronic platform, then verified, tallied, and certified the results.”
Many players were frustrated with the 17-game schedule. Many of the big-name players, including J.J. Watt, Richard Sherman, among others, complained about the additional game to the schedule.
But the fourth preseason game has been meaningless for quite some time. Many of the starters did not see time in the game, or played maybe a few minutes, then missed the entire game.
Now, with this agreement, the fourth game that was meaningless is now being eliminated. Plus, teams do not get paid for preseason play.
There were some players, who wanted to change their vote. However, the NFLPA did not allow players to change their mind after they had voted the way that they did.
“We are pleased that the players have voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will provide substantial benefits to all current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on player safety, and give our fans more and better football,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We appreciate the tireless efforts of the members of the Management Council Executive Committee and the NFLPA leadership, both of whom devoted nearly a year to detail, good faith negotiations to reach this comprehensive transformative agreement.”
How are teams going to play a 17-game schedule? 16-teams will get a ninth home game in 2021, then in 2022, those same teams will be on the road for nine games. It’ll rotation from every year from there.
New changes to the new CBA:
- Regular season increases to 17 games in 2021 — with one bye (Preseason reduced to 3 games)
- Expanded playoff field to 14 games, possibly in place for the 2020 season (Only the No. 1 seeded team in each conference gets a bye)
- Player revenue share goes from 47% to 48.5%
- Reduces penalties to players, who have tested positive for THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol); also known has a chemical in marijuana. There will be no suspensions for marijuana.
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