NFL Players will be able to vote on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement starting today
The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that sources close to the labor discussions have confirmed that ballots to ratify the newly proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement were sent out to NFL players at 9:00 AM this morning. Voting for the new CBA will close at midnight on March 13th.
NFL owners approved the terms of a new CBA back on February 20th and sent the proposal to NFLPA player representatives to be ratified. Last week, the NFLPA Board Of Representatives chose to send the proposal to members of the players association to be voted on. A majority approval from all players is needed for the new CBA to take effect.
The NFLPA released a statement that said, “The NFLPA has sent out official ballots to every NFL player who was a dues paying member in the 2019 season to cast their vote on a new collective bargaining agreement… As outlined in our constitution, ratification of a new deal is subject to approval by a majority of our members who vote.” The statement went on to say, “player ballots will be confidential and will be received by an independent auditor to ensure the integrity of the process. We encourage every NFL player to review the full collective bargaining agreement and exercise their democratic right to vote.”
Some of the changes that would come to the league under the newly proposed CBA include a 17th regular season game and an expanded playoff field that would feature 14 teams instead of 12.
The NFL’s new league year is scheduled to begin on March 18th.