NFL owners accept terms of proposed new collective bargaining agreement
NFL owners have voted to take the negotiated terms of a proposed new collective bargaining deal.
After months of negotiatingrepresentatives for the players union and the NFL owners appear to get an arrangement in place using a vote from the players to ratification seemingly the only hurdle remaining for the CBA to be approved, for a new collective bargaining agreement.
The NFL on Thursday afternoon published a statement indicating that the owners have accepted the conditions of the proposed CBA, consented to by negotiators for the NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).
Multiple reports claim their agents will have a conference call Friday to explore the terms. The phone could lead to a vote approval among the 32 player agents.
According to NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero, if a two-thirds majority is accepted the proposal could go to get a vote to every one the players, with a simple majority.
“The Fund voted today to accept the negotiated provisions on the key elements of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement,” read the owners’ announcement, released after a meeting of 32 owners in New York.
“The Players Association would likewise must vote to approve the very same conditions for there for a new arrangement.
“Since the clubs and players will have to have a system set up and understand the rules which they will function under by next week, the membership approved moving forward under the final season of the 2011 CBA when the players decide not to accept the negotiated conditions.
“Out of respect for the process and our partners at the NFLPA, we’ll have no further comment at that time.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the vote one of owners was not unanimous.
Reports on Wednesday asserted both sides agreed also to give only one team from each seminar a bye in the around down from two teams, and also to enlarge the play-offs from each conference up from six to seven teams.
The biggest question is the potential inclusion of a 17th match.
According to reports, the proposed CBA allows the league the choice to expand the regular season to 17 games at some point in the next four seasons, but no earlier than 2021.
The proposed changes also include raising the players’ share of overall earnings, relaxing off season workout rules, setting up the performance-bonus pool, and limiting teams to utilizing only one of the franchise or transition tag on impending free agents every off season (currently, each group can use both each off-season).
The current CBA was ratified in 2011 and can be set to expire following the 2020 season. The new CBA could reportedly move into effect in time to the new league year, which starts March 18 if accepted by the gamers.
Sky Sports NFL will keep you updated with the information and Offseason storylines, such as Free Agency the Scouting bine and the NFL Draft. Inform us @NFL and at www. . com/NFL