Proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement would change the format of the NFL regular season and postseason
In a statement released yesterday following the NFL Owners’ meeting in New York, the league announced that the owners approved a newly proposed collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association.
The statement read as follows: “Following more than ten months of intensive and thorough negotiations, the NFL Players and clubs have jointly developed a comprehensive set of new and revised terms that will transform the future of the game, provide for players — past, present, and future — both on and off the field, and ensure that the NFL’s second century is even better and more exciting for the fans.”
The newly proposed CBA would bring several key reforms to the NFL landscape. One of the biggest changes would be the expansion of the NFL regular season to 17 games from 16 games. Under the proposed CBA, the NFL preseason will be shortened to three games, which would allow the regular season to expand to 17 games starting in 2022 according to reports from the NFL Network. The proposal would also lead to an expanded NFL playoff field that would include 14 teams rather than 12. Under this proposal, seven teams from the NFC and the AFC would make the postseason with only one team from each conference securing a bye week in the first round of the playoffs. The expanded playoff field would take affect this coming season if the collective bargaining agreement is approved by the NFL Players’ Association.
Although the decision on the new CBA was not unanimous, it was still passed by NFL owners. Next, the NFL Players Association will consider the newly proposed CBA on a conference call later today. 32 player representatives from all 32 teams will vote on whether or not to approve the deal. If the proposed CBA gets a 2/3 majority vote from the NFLPA representatives, it will then have to be voted on by NFL players in order to be passed. The current collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA is set to expire after the 2020 season.