Report: NFL owners “summoned” to New York for CBA update

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It’s usually a good idea to not disrupt the schedules of billionaires without good reason. The league office apparently has a good reason.

Mike Silver of the NFL reports that the NFL has “summoned” owners to New York for a meeting later this week regarding the ongoing labor negotiations with the NFL Players Association. Per Silver “significant progress” has been made, but the two sides are “far apart” on “some outstanding issues.”

As PFT reported earlier in the day, one of the biggest remaining issues relates to the funding rule. Which means that a general consensus has been reached on plenty of other more important issues, like how the financial pie would be divided under a 17-game format.

Silver adds that a new labor deal, finalized before the start of the league year on March 18, would include a 17-game season the would commence between 2021 and 2023. And that’s hardly a small detail. As PFT explained over the weekend, the league wants to start with 17 games by 2021; the players would like to push it to 2023. That would make 2022 an obvious point for compromise, if the NFL is willing to compromise on this item.

9 responses to “Report: NFL owners “summoned” to New York for CBA update

  1. What I don’t understand about Mike Silver’s tweet is why is this necessary to do in person? There are 32 billionaires who – I gotta think- don’t want to drop everything last minute for “an update”. Why not a call or a briefing paper?

  2. Billionaires who don’t have the ability to video conference? They’ll all take their private jets and the cost to each will be far more than a video conferencing system with 33 nodes, one for each owner and one for Goodell. Ridiculous

  3. Perhaps the rules state that they need to have a vote in person. I’m sure they all have the resources to get to NY this week, even though 1 or 2 might complain about the cost and submit a voucher for travel expenses :))

  4. This period of time was previously set aside tentatively in case progress or significant issues developed. Not “a Summons” but a notice that the criteria set by the owners are satisfied to the point a full, in person, brief is required. The league answers to the owners and not the other way around.

  5. If your’re not there in person you have no idea who else might be listening to a call or outside the view of a camera. Contract negotiations are a sensitive subject for all parties. Last thing you want to have is erroneous information leaking out from either side.

  6. Ha Ha….Players say they don’t want a 17th game, but if it meant playing it to get into the playoffs to play an 18th, 19th or 20th game, they surely wouldn’t complain.

  7. ” As PFT explained over the weekend, the league wants to start with 17 games by 2021; the players would like to push it to 2023. That would make 2022 an obvious point for compromise, if the NFL is willing to compromise on this item.”

    It’s a bit more complicated than just picking a year. It all revolves around when the TV contracts are up for renewal.

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