What you need to know about the NFL’s new labor agreement

17 Mars, 2020, 10:16 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Josh Gordon

The new CBA will relax the previous rules on drug testing with regard to marijuana.

With every other sports league and organization in season either suspended or canceled at the moment, all of us associated with sports needed some good news and we got it Sunday - even though there isn't a game scheduled for another five months. Depending on the number of violations, the new CBA allows for players to be fined a half-week's salary, all the way up to three weeks' salary.

On Sunday, the CBA agreement gave us all something to talk about other than coronavirus and the debilitating effect it's having on everyone.

The coronavirus pandemic postponed the National Basketball Association and NHL's 2019-20 seasons and pushed back the start of the 2020 MLB season, but the NFL will open the new league year on time to start free agency. And with that adjustment comes a shorter preseason - three exhibition games instead of four. No additional padded practices can be added once a 17-game schedule is implemented. Not to mention the fact that season-ticket holders are automatically charged for preseason games, so this is one fewer meaningless game for which to be overcharged. That seventh-qualifying team will play the No. 2 seed, leaving only the top seed in each conference to receive a bye to the divisional round.

An increase from the 47% of league revenues given to the players, with that percentage dependent on the length of the season. The expansion of the postseason by two teams will generate an estimated $150 million, according to an NFLPA memo sent to players, and 48.5 percent of that is $72.75 million for the players. That minimum salary could double over the life of the CBA in 2030.

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Teams will now have more players available on game day. Practice squads will increase from 10 to 12 players immediately, and will increase to 14 players by 2022.

Earlier, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith explained the ins and outs of negotiating the new deal in a lengthy "open letter" tweet after the voting had concluded Saturday night. But the vote reflected the significant divide among National Football League players - a tally of 1,019 to 959, a margin of just 60 votes. This is perhaps where some of the most aggressive maneuverings will be between the networks as they all will want in on one or both of these games.

With labor peace ensured, owners now can work toward completing new broadcast deals that could, by some estimates, come close to doubling the NFL's broadcasting income. "It would help the middle class and make it fair".

"The current proposal contains increases across nearly every category of wages, hours, working conditions, and benefits for current and former players", NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith wrote in a tweet on Sunday night.

The Washington Redskins are now in salary cap heaven, as they head into the coming free agency period with about $60 million to work with. Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee pointed out he thought some younger players, ages 21 to 25, might have lacked the confidence to make a decision after seeing respectable names backing each side, opting to step back and let the veterans decide.

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