NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke about a number of issues concerning the league at Wednesday’s owners’ meetings, including the Raiders’ potential move to Las Vegas and the league’s television ratings for the 2016 season.
There were also some issues that looked down the road a bit further to the next round of negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association. The current CBA is set to expire after the 2020 season and one of the topics that Goodell believes will be discussed is the amount of practice time and what’s allowed during those practices.
That time was curtailed in the last agreement after a big push on the players’ side and several coaches have complained that the lack of time has had a negative impact on the quality of the game. Goodell disagreed with that notion, but believes the issue will “undoubtedly” come up.
Changing the current setup should prove difficult, however. For the players to give something back on that front, they’ll want something in return from the league and that’s going to mean either less revenue or less control over some part of the game than the league and owners currently enjoy.