New CBA won’t be done before start of the season

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The NFL and its players will not have a new Collective Bargaining Agreement agreed upon by the start of the season, Tom Pelissero of the NFL reports.

That is not unexpected.

The sides met as recently as this week in Chicago, but they have no further sessions planned before the start of the season next week, according to Pelissero. NFL negotiators and those from the NFLPA could meet again “at some point” in September.

The biggest sticking point remains NFL owners’ desire to add regular-season games, with the NFLPA seeking a bigger piece of the pie without lengthening the regular season. Players are guaranteed 47 percent of total revenue under the current CBA, which is set to expire after the 2020 season.

Both sides seem to agree the league needs to cut the preseason from four games. But figuring out how to do it without losing the revenue the exhibition games generate is the challenge.

The league appears to be shifting its focus from adding to the 16-game regular season to expanding the playoffs as the NFLPA strongly has resisted the idea of more regular-season games.

The potential change would give each conference seven playoff teams while eliminating one of the two byes under the current format.

The sides have made progress on secondary issues such as current and retired player benefits, player health and safety and increased minimum salaries, according to Pelissero.

But it will take more negotiating before they reach an agreement.

5 responses to “New CBA won’t be done before start of the season

  1. Definition of greed. Millions upon millions.. To billionaires. Just isn’t enough. How can we make even more?

    How about worry about creating a better product, Invest into your community more, Put money towards decent officiating.

    I love football, I wish more of the owners did.

  2. I don’t see how they can cut any of their preseason games. Those games may be boring but teams force season ticket holders to buy tickets for those loser games too. I’m not sure how much TV money they get from those games but I’m sure it’s enough they don’t want to go away. The bottom line for both sides is one thing–money. If the owners suggested the players give up a percentage of their piece of the revenue pie the players would say four preseason games is fine.

    Frankly, I’m so tired of all the bickering over money in all of the professional sports.

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