The NFL and the NFLPA, with executive director DeMaurice Smith, a new president, and a dramatically reconfigured Executive Committee, got together on Tuesday to meet primarily about workplace behavior.
After the meeting ended, the union issued this statement: “The discussions between owners and players about a professional workplace were positive. We will continue to work together to set the highest workplace standards for everyone in the business of football.”
It’s unclear whether playoff expansion was discussed. The NFLPA has been coy about the topic, given the realities of collective bargaining. If the NFL wants it, the NFLPA will try to get something else in return.
The NFL clearly wants expanded playoffs. The NFLPA should want it, too, because it means a lot more money for everyone in exchange for only two games per year.