02/20 13:57 CST NFL owners discuss labor deal proposal to players
NFL owners discuss labor deal proposal to players
By BARRY WILNER
AP Pro Football Writer
NEW YORK (AP) --- The NFL's labor committee met Thursday morning before
presenting to the owners the current state of ongoing negotiations with the
players' union on a new labor agreement.
With the league eager to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the
players in the next few weeks --- the current deal runs out in March 2021 ---
team representatives were summoned to New York to discuss the NFL's proposal.
Among the items in that proposal, according to several people familiar with the
negotiations but speaking anonymously because they are not authorized to
release such information:
--- A 17-game schedule, which always has been a stumbling block in talks with
the NFL Players Association. More roster spots per team would be a must for the
--- A reduction of the preseason.
--- A higher share of revenues for the players; the current number is 47
--- Even an expansion of the playoffs, something the NFL has been seeking for
Indeed, Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested back in 2015 that increasing the
postseason field to seven teams in each conference was in the works. The owners
could unilaterally add a wild-card team in the AFC and the NFC, but are willing
to make such a move part of a new CBA.
Also being considered is a second bye week to go with a 17th game, although
almost certainly not for the 2020 season. The expansion of the playoffs easily
could occur this year, however.
The current CBA was reached in 2011 after a 4 1-2 month lockout of the players.
Agreeing to a new one before the league's business year begins on March 18
could lead to several provisions being activated for the upcoming season.
A 17th game would preferably be played at neutral sites, which one of the
people familiar with the talks said could include non-NFL U.S. venues as well
as Europe, Mexico and Brazil.
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