NFL Players Approve New CBA, Which Includes 17-Game Season, Expanded Playoffs and More


The NFL and NFLPA reached an agreement on the new proposed collective bargaining agreement, the union announced Sunday morning on Twitter.

The deal will extend labor peace between the league and the union for another 10 years as the players agree to an increased share of revenue, former players added benefits, a 17-game regular season as well as an expanded playoff field, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The proposal narrowly passed by the 11:59 p.m. deadline on Saturday night with a final vote tally of 1,019 to 959, according to the union.

The final vote was pushed back an additional 48 hours after many notable players, such as Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers, voiced their opposition to the new CBA.

The owners had passed the new CBA on Feb. 20, but immediately hit a hurdle when the NFLPA executive council voted 6-5 not to recommend the deal, resulting in another meeting between the owners and the union at the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 25 which, with a few minor concessions, managed to send the deal to full membership for approval.

Much of the pushback from the players was because of the addition of a 17-game regular season schedule. Per Schefter, owners have a window from 2021-23 to expand the season from 16 to 17 regular season games. There are still some details that need to be worked out, such as which teams receive an extra home game and whether or not there will be an additional bye week.

The playoffs will expand from 12 teams to 14 — seven in each league — which means just one bye week per conference and six games the first playoff weekend instead of four.

While players will not be receiving fully guaranteed contracts, they will be getting an increase in revenue share, and game-day active roster sizes will expand from 46 to 48, which seemingly benefits the lower-paid players in the league.

The delay in the vote also resulted in the franchise tag deadline being pushed back to Monday, March 16 at 11:59 a.m. ET, one minute before the legal tampering window begins for free agency.

The 2020 league year is scheduled to begin on time at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, when free agents can officially sign with teams. Although, that could still become delayed due to coronavirus fears.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

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