The NFLPA’s board of representatives decided to send the newly proposed CBA to its full membership for a vote
The NFL Players Association board of representatives elected to send the collective bargaining agreement approved by NFL owners last week to a vote amongst the NFLPA’s full membership. This decision was announced in a tweet Tuesday night by NFL assistant executive director of external affairs, George Atallah.
The news came following the conclusion of a four-hour long meeting between owners and the NFLPA board of representatives, which took place in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
The proposed CBA received the majority vote needed from the 32 NFLPA representatives to be passed on to the union’s full membership. The proposal will now go to the group of almost 2000 due-paying members of the NFLPA for a vote of ratification. According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the vote did not require a two-thirds majority because the board of representatives elected to forward the CBA proposal without a recommendation. Pelissero is also reporting that the representatives voted 17-14 in favor of moving forward with the CBA with one individual abstaining.
The CBA can be ratified if a simple majority (more than 50%) of the players vote in favor of the proposal. Pelissero stated that the players and owners are “on the 1-yard line towards 10 years of labor peace.”
According to a tweet sent out by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, sources say that the NFL will have the highest net revenue paid to its players if the CBA proposal is approved. Schefter also said the net revenue share for players would go up to 48% if the CBA is approved and could climb as high as 48.5% based upon media rights. That means that players would reportedly receive more than $5 billion in new money.
Some of the new rules under the proposed CBA include a 17 game NFL regular season as well as an expanded playoff field that would feature 14 teams rather than 12 starting in 2020. Also, owners agreed to remove a $250K cap on the check that players would receive for the 17th game of the season according to Tom Pelissero.
If the proposal is approved, the new CBA would take effect in time for the start of the new league year, which begins on March 18th.