- Title: NFL players vote to approve new 10-year labor deal
- Date: 16th March 2020
- Summary: SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - JANUARY 24, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS TRAINING BEFORE SUPER BOWL 54 HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (FILE - JANUARY 30, 2017) (REUTERS) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS PLAYERS ON STAGE AT OPENING NIGHT BEFORE SUPER BOWL 51 ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - JANUARY 28, 2019) (REUTERS) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS QUARTERBACK TOM BRADY (CURRENTLY FREE AGENT) SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT OPENING NIGHT BEFORE SUPER BOWL 53 LOS ANGELES RAMS QUARTERBACK JARED GOFF SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT OPENING NIGHT BEFORE BOWL 53
- Keywords: American football CBA NFL NFL labor agreement NFL labour agreement
- Reuters ID: LVA002C55YD6N
- Location: SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA ; HOUSTON, TEXAS ; ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES / INTERNET
- City: SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA ; HOUSTON, TEXAS ; ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES / INTERNET
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:00:50
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: American Football,Sport
- Story Text:NFL players have voted to approve a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that will expand the playoff field and allow owners the option to lengthen the regular season, the NFL Players' Association (NFLPA) said on Sunday (March 15).
The new 10-year labor deal extends through the 2030 season and offers increased compensation for every minimum-salary player, or about 60% of the NFL.
The players voted to approve ratification by a vote tally of 1,019 to 959, the league's players' association said on Twitter https://twitter.com/NFLPA/status/1239193214986391552/photo/1.
The league estimated as much as an additional $100 million will go to players this season. Both active and retired players will benefit.
Terms of the new CBA will increase the playoff field to 14 teams from 12 for the 2020 season and give owners the option to expand the regular season to 17 games from 16 as early as 2021.
Adding one regular season game for each of the NFL's 32 teams had been one of the more divisive elements of the deal and a number of prominent players considered it a health risk.
Player reaction was mixed.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Tweeted; "Well done, De," offering his support for the agreement and the work of NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith.
"Can't believe we agreed to that lol," Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron said on Twitter. "We can only play this game for so long and y'all didn't want everything we could get out of it?"
League owners approved the deal in February so only the players' approval remained to secure it.
Voting, which began with ballots sent to players on March 5, ended at 11:59 p.m ET Saturday (0359 GMT). The players' association estimated 2,500 players were eligible to vote.
With the approval, teams can start the new league year on Wednesday with Monday the deadline for putting a franchise or transition tag on players.
The NFLPA executive committee had voted in February not to recommend the proposal to membership for a vote but the players' association board of representatives later voted 17-14 to send the proposal to the full membership for a vote.
The deal will add two additional active spots to rosters, bringing them to a total of 55, and the number of padded practices at training camp will decrease from 28 to 16.
Changes to the drug policy also will be made including a reduction in penalties for players who test positive for THC (eliminating suspensions solely based on positive tests), an abbreviated testing window (from four months to two weeks at the start of training camp) and a significant increase in the threshold for a positive test.
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