Commissioner confirms NFL wants new CBA by start of regular season

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It’s been reported, somewhere, that the NFL wants to have a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in place before the start of the 2019 regular season, the NFL’s 100th. Recently, Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed it.

That’s certainly our intent,” Goodell said on that point during an interview with Julia Boorstin of CNBC. “Our intent is to make sure we have a Collective Bargaining Agreement, we’ve been in it for eight years. It’s worked very well, mainly for our fans but also for our players and our clubs, and so we have the structure of a system that works quite well. We’re continuing that dialogue, there are obviously changes we all want on both sides, and I think those are things that’ll improve us and try to make the Collective Bargaining [Agreement] continue to be successful for all the parties, and I hope we’ll do that.”

The fact that the league admittedly wants to get a new deal in place before the start of the season gives the NFL Players Association some leverage, as previously explained. The challenge for the NFLPA will be to play their hand without overplaying it and, in turn, blowing the chance to get more favorable terms if they can get a deal done before the season starts.

It nevertheless remains difficult to get an agreement fully negotiated and finalized by the time the Packers and Bears launch the season on September 5. Rosters remain at 90 until August 30, expanding dramatically the pool of employees who would have to vote on the CBA. Then comes a compressed window of days to sell the agreement to the newly-formed rosters before kickoff.

It’s possible for a tentative deal to be reached by September, with the formal team-by-team votes done as quickly as the circumstances warrant. Still, plenty of work needs to be done. Even if it seems that the league is happy to retain the overall structure of the deal, both sides are going to want potentially significant changes, whether it’s stadium credits (from the league’s perspective) or an adjustment to gross revenue split (from the union’s perspective).

Regardless, it’s now clear that the league wants to get something done sooner than later.

22 responses to “Commissioner confirms NFL wants new CBA by start of regular season

  1. Running Backs are getting screwed under the current CBA. Josh Jacobs just signed a 4 yr 11.9m deal. He is gonna be the Raiders work horse. Considering he was the 24th pick in the draft his 5th year option currently sits at about 5.3m .. that means at signing .. his deal was basically a 5 yr 17.25m deal.

    Chump change for a position that takes the biggest beating in the league.

    Lets say Jacobs gets 1400 All-purpose yards as a RB.

    What does a 1400 yrd WR command a year?

    Jacobs will only make about 3-5m per year.. during his prime years of 21/22-26/27.

  2. The league trying to rush this through smacks of them trying to ram something by that will be extremely advantageous for the owners, before the NFLPA has time to figure out how badly they’re being screwed.

    The league will dangle something like no more testing for weed to catch their attention while they’re hosing the players behind their back.

  3. Or what, they’ll cancel the season? As of right now the league holds zero cards. That will change……..

  4. Running Backs are getting screwed under the current CBA. Josh Jacobs just signed a 4 yr 11.9m deal. He is gonna be the Raiders work horse. Considering he was the 24th pick in the draft his 5th year option currently sits at about 5.3m .. that means at signing .. his deal was basically a 5 yr 17.25m deal.
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    He can always go play in the CFL.

  5. Running Backs are getting screwed under the current CBA. Josh Jacobs just signed a 4 yr 11.9m deal. He is gonna be the Raiders work horse. Considering he was the 24th pick in the draft his 5th year option currently sits at about 5.3m .. that means at signing .. his deal was basically a 5 yr 17.25m deal.

    Supply/Demand.

  6. It is Roger’s final CBA rodeo, of course he wants to get it done as easily and quickly as possible.

  7. If they really are pushing for the new CBA to be agreed upon before the season, then the 18/16 schedule they leaked the other day will be scrapped and gladly so.

  8. They also want 18 games – and claim player “safety” is a high priority. Better bring something to the table more than 16 game player limits – like guaranteed salaries.

  9. Cue The Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”… seriously, I hope (against hope) that the player’s union and owners realize they shouldn’t risk alienating their fans with an ugly drawn out fight — neither side wins if that happens!

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