NFL’s proposal dramatically cuts player pay if season is canceled

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The Collective Bargaining Agreement does not include a force majeure clause. The league is essentially trying to force the players to accept one after the fact.

The most recent proposal from the NFL to the NFL Players Association sets forth a lengthy and detailed schedule of payments to be made in the event the season is suspended or canceled.

For starters, players would keep all signing, roster, reporting, or workout bonuses earned before cancellation of the season, along with base salary and per-game roster bonuses or per-game payments earned for any regular-season games actually played.

If the season is canceled before training camp opens, the players would get no further payment. If the season is canceled after training camp starts and before final roster cuts, all players on the 90-man roster who received a credited/accrued season in 2019 or who were drafted in 2020 would receive a $250,000 stipend, reduced by all other payments already made to the player this year. (For example, if a player received a $100,000 signing bonus, he’d receive $150,000 upon cancellation of the season. Any player who has received $250,000 or more this year would get nothing.)

If the season is canceled after the final roster cuts and before Week One, players on the 53-man roster and injured reserve or reserve/PUP would be eligible for the $250,000 stipend. Players on the practice squad would be eligible for a $100,000 stipend.

If the season is canceled during the regular season, players on the 53-man roster and injured reserve or reserve/PUP would be eligible for the $250,000 stipend, but money earned from regular-season games already played would also count against the stipend. Players on the practice squad would be eligible for a $100,000 stipend, minus other money earned.

For players who join the active roster after Week One, they would receive the lesser of $250,000 or their remaining prorated base salary. Players who join the practice squad after Week One would receive the lesser of $10,000 or their remaining prorated practice squad pay.

Incentives would be prorated and partially earned, as long as at least eight regular-season games are played by the player’s team. If, for example, a player has an incentive that pays him $1.6 million for 16 sacks, the incentive would drop to $1.2 million and the threshold would drop to 12 sacks if only 12 games are played.

Apart from the stipends, players will not be paid for games not actually played — even if player salaries are guaranteed for injury, skill, and/or salary cap.

Again, this is the league’s proposal. The players can adhere to the current status quo, which gives players their full salaries if only one game is played. The approach proposed by the league would reduce player pay dramatically, but it also would reduce the eventual financial consequences of the pandemic.

76 responses to “NFL’s proposal dramatically cuts player pay if season is canceled

  1. RIP NFL 2020. I like the game of football. This year will be nothing about football. No extra revenue from me.

  2. Players should tell them to take a hike. These supposedly brilliant billionaires and their supposedly brilliant business attorneys screwed up bigtime not putting in a force majeure clause

    Especially since you know if the rolls were reversed they would demand every penny as specified by contract.

    I manage a small 750k a year company and we have a force majeure clause in our contract we use for clients. Pretty basic thing for multi million dollar businesses not to have

  3. I dont agree with the nfl playing this year but this is a very straightforward and fair proposal.

  4. Sounds pretty fair to me….if games are not played why should they get paid? The stipend should be enough to live on. Plus they get to keep any bonuses paid out before cancellation.

  5. It’s common for employees to get pay cuts, be furloughed or even let go when things like this happen. Welcome to the real world…

  6. The NFL looking for such low payouts in the event of season cancellation suggests that there’s a cancellation very much on the table.

  7. The players should still be paid. This is part of the risk any owner would need to be prepared for as they should be taking care of the people who make them their money.

    Period.

    Honor the contract over the duration of its time, regardless of what occurs.

  8. No one else put out of work got their salariea unless they have a job they can be working from home… which obviously the players cant. why should rich athletes of all people get theirs?

  9. Why would team owners even contemplate opening up training camps with no chance of playing a full regular season?

    Makes no financial sense, look at the other pro sports leagues.

  10. I have a few friends that are really excited about the prospects of the NFL returning.

    Most of my friends, as well as myself, however, aren’t looking forward to it. Sure, after five months of no sports, it’d be a welcome distraction, but it’s going to be anything BUT a distraction. We already have millionaires fighting over money with billionaires while the rest of the country are losing everything.

    Then we have SJW’s and player protests.

    Then we have the nonsense revolving around the Redskins.

    Then we have a Presidential election and hopefully debates.

    It’s just not that appealing to me. If I had my way, I’d say just shut it all down and try again in 2021. NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA, NHL, ALL of it!

  11. I hope the season is canceled maybe it will anger enough Americans so we can rebuild the corrupt political system from the ground up. Intelligent people know there is a difference between a epidemic and a PANDEMIC.

  12. That’s not a bad deal. That is a whole lot better than the average working person received when they were forced to stay home.

  13. No chance the NFLPA agrees to this. If the owners wanted a force majuere clause they should have negotiated one into the CBA.

  14. When i get laid off because of covid my employer doesnt pay me a dime. Dont pay these guys anything if they dont play games.

  15. covidiots says:
    Players should tell them to take a hike.
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    Which is exactly what the owners are hoping will happen, so they can shut down the season before a single game is played, leaving the players to essentially take their own very costly hikes.
    If no season is played the billionaire owners will lose a lot of money — in potential profits. The players will lose their paychecks, and you know that just as the owners didn’t think ahead and insert a force majeure clause in the CBA, many players have done nothing to plan or prepare for a rainy day, let alone an entire lost season of money they will never ever recoup.
    Go ahead and tell them to take a hike, players. I dare you to.

  16. Doesn’t the 250k stipend preferentially benefit players at the bottom of the roster? I suspect a lot of those guys are camp fodder that will never make it to a regular season game or otherwise see a check this year.

  17. notaloon says:
    July 18, 2020 at 2:32 pm
    Sounds pretty fair to me….if games are not played why should they get paid? The stipend should be enough to live on. Plus they get to keep any bonuses paid out before cancellation
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    Why should the players get paid? Because the CBA that both parties signed says so. So now whenever a player complains about something like oh say the franchise tag we have fans pointung to the cba screaming too bad it was collectively bargained. Well with the players following that same CBA why in the world would they even consider this proposal? What is the NFL willing to give up to change the CBA? The default is the players get their money is even 1 game is played. Why would any group weaken their position with zero in return? Sounds fair. Are you even serious? I would hate for you to negotiate anything for me.

  18. It’s all there, black and white, clear as crystal. You get NOTHING! You LOSE! Good day, sir

  19. More huge news. Toronto Blue Jays cannot play games in Toronto because the government won’t let visiting teams in. Wake up!!!

  20. The NFL players have shorter careers, their bodies take a greater beating, and the are far more likely to suffer permanent brain damage from playing their sport than is the case for their counterparts in the MLB and the NBA. In spite of that, their average salaries are lesser, the have contracts they are bound to but that give teams outs, and a whole host of provisions that are the result of having a less powerful union. The one big chip they have in this that unlike the NBA and MLB the NFL CBA doesn’t have a force majeure clause. They would be crazy to give up that bargaining chip without getting something far more significant in return. A lot of people find it difficult to side with millions. But spare me the woe is us stance of billionaire owners. You live by the sword…

  21. Since these overpaid cupcakes likely haven’t saved a dime (we know Alfred Morris and Ryan Kerrigan have) from previous years, there will be defaults over the NFL on expensive cars and huge homes with basketball courts.

    The NFL should be compassionate – pay the players minimum wage if the season or games are cancelled and then tell that that is a living wage.

    I don’t feel sorry for any athlete – they think they are special so let them eat the cake of their mindless superiority complex.

  22. if the players don’t give in the NFL will cancel the season before the first game

  23. Most of the players had major fields of study in college, didn’t they?

    Time to work in your field, gentlemen!

  24. It’s so funny to read the comments saying, “If people don’t work because of COVID they don’t get paid. The players shouldn’t get paid either.”

    The people who write these comments are probably not in a union with a contract. NFL players are in a union and their contracts provides that they will get paid. This was part of the negotiation for the CBA.

    These same people are probably anti-union (because they love to agree to political BS on principle) but this is one of the prime reasons workers should have representation by a union, to protect them in circumstances that are beyond their control. That is the whole point for negotiating a contract.

    Why should the players abandon something that is in their contract? The owners would never do that.

  25. it’s a partnership based on a revenue share

    we are in a pandemic

    the parties should be shoulder to shoulder

    if there is billions of revenue, it’s split

    if there is NO revenue, there is nothing to split

    you can’t pay the players as charity….

  26. Why should the players abandon something that is in their contract? The owners would never do that.

    It is also in the contract that if no games are played they get nothing.

    So what’s uour point? The NFL still holfs the cards and so is giving them the option to play and hI pe for the best in boyh their interest or not lay at all.

  27. Why should the players abandon something that is in their contract? The owners would never do that.
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    It is also in the contract that if no games are played they get nothing.

    So what’s your point? The NFL still holds the cards and so is giving them the option to play and hope for the best in both their interest or not play at all.

  28. Am waiting for the post regarding the CBA

    It was widely held that the owners feet were to the fire to get the CBA done before this Season.

    That if the CBA dragged on then the TV negotiations would be affected and thw owners would lose out.

    Now what? Had the CBA not been done then what impact would this pandemic have had?

    Not a soul critical of the NFL dears broach that story.

    Because then the NFL could have shuy do2n the Season claiming health and safety and got away with it and next year not a soul would be contemplating a strike and the League could reset the entire playing field.

    So it turns out the players benefited from the early resolution of the CBA discussion.

  29. It’s just a matter of agreeing in playing with no fans like other leagues around the globe, soccer players have taken a reduced salary why wouldn’t the NFL players.

  30. The other sports leagues are doing similar things despite the fact all of them have a CBA and I don’t think ANY of them have a force majure clause.

    In the other major sports if a player opts out he gets nothing.

    They all are getting paid a pro rata percentage of their salaries.

    That’s what the NFLPA should be looking at but they’re not.

    I say what a majority on here say–cancel the season already.

  31. Then ever owner should be required to refund ever fan and pay interest to the fans that own PSL’s. Like 22 percent which is what credit card companies charge.

  32. This is a fair proposal. Why should the owners take all the risks. After all, the players want the owners to take all the risk, which is ridiculous. Maybe this will give the players a taste of what it’s like for 99% of the US. They are so used to feeling entitled they don’t think they should have to suffer any consequences from Covid-19. It’s time for a reality check.

    If the NFL cancels the season they’ll get a taste of what it’s like when their career is over and they are broke.

  33. When players try to get put of an unfavorable contract they should honor it, but when owners try to do so after the fact its fair?

  34. We don’t care, you don’t play you don’t get paid. Simple to me, you NFL spoiled pampered morons.

  35. A contract is a contract. It serves as legal certainty to obligations and conditions AGREED to by the parties. How would you like all of your contracts ripped up without justification?

  36. Each NFL Player had the right to seek employment elsewhere before the signing of their respective contracts. Once the contract is signed, it matters not, how much the NFL earns or doesn’t. That simple… They owe the NFL 16 games…Its up to the NFL to do with that what they wish…

  37. If an agreement is not reached, there is no way the first game is played. The liability to pay all 53 designated players all money owed them at that point is to much risk for the owner’s to undertake. In fact, I would think that a target “drop dead” date would be set to get it done.

  38. It’s just not that appealing to me. If I had my way, I’d say just shut it all down and try again in 2021. NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA, NHL, ALL of it!

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    This sort of teasoning is just mind boghling to me.

    So these multi billion dollar Leagues with all these reponsibilities and agreements should just roll over because of challenges?

    Is your employer doing the same?

    Are you just staying home because life os tough right now?

    Good lord man….

  39. Yes, it’s hard for most of us to feel sorry for the millionaires in their disagreements with the billionaires.

    This CBA was approved on MARCH 15th. The Pandemic was already a thing then. The NFL had every opportunity to include such a clause in the agreement. The players gave up some preferences, and voted in favor of it by a narrow margin (1,019 vs. 959) It is not likely that they would have approved it with the potential for such a major loss of income in the event of a lost season.

  40. It is easy for a lot of posters to call for the cancellation of the season. But if you are a Washington fan, in practical effect it means you are going to be deprived of a Super Bowl title. That’s a bitter pill to swallow.

  41. The revenue split between the owners and players was based on the idea that players take all the physical risks and the owners take all the financial risks. Covid was a risk that the owners should have to bear just as a player on his 3rd year and a torn ACL bears all the risk of his career being over.

    What should be bargained for now is exceptions to the cap.

  42. So many people talking about cancelling the season, as if that’s a good thing. You don’t like football, don’t want a season, then what the hell are you doing posting on a pro football website. Take your whiney, fair weather asses somewhere else.

  43. The revenue split between the owners and players was based on the idea that players take all the physical risks and the owners take all the financial risks.

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    Where in the CBA is that expressly stated?

    Or is it ok to make things up to suit a narrative?

    Things change. The NFL terminates contracts regularly when players do not perform, live up to their potential or are surpassed by others….yet you think it unusual tjat they may not pay if players do not playnout the season?

    Seriously?

  44. Fine – if the players want full pay based on the contract that is their right. But the salary cap is determined based on revenue from prior year. Since there will at best be a lower revenue year with no fans attending and in all likelihood some or all games canceled, then next years cap will be dramatically reduced. So they get their money this year – and next year, they will get impacted by he smaller cap and will have their contracts Significantly reduced or many will be cut..

    Is this years money that important for the players?

  45. dregonspengler says:
    July 18, 2020 at 3:03 pm
    covidiots says:
    Players should tell them to take a hike.
    ==

    Which is exactly what the owners are hoping will happen, so they can shut down the season before a single game is played, leaving the players to essentially take their own very costly hikes.
    If no season is played the billionaire owners will lose a lot of money — in potential profits. The players will lose their paychecks, and you know that just as the owners didn’t think ahead and insert a force majeure clause in the CBA, many players have done nothing to plan or prepare for a rainy day, let alone an entire lost season of money they will never ever recoup.
    Go ahead and tell them to take a hike, players. I dare you to.

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    dregonspengler – You clearly have no idea what force majeure means. BECAUSE there is no force majeure in the CBA, the players have every right to tell the NFL/team owners to take a hike on this issue.

    So, your comment here makes absolutely no sense from a players perspective. Not that I agree with the players getting paid for a full season if there is no season, however, a contract is a contract, especially from a legal liability perspective.

  46. This is just the NFL negotiating through the media. The only reason that we know any details at all is that the NFL wants to put pressure on the players by trying to get the fans on their side. I’m curious. If they force this on the players, does that void the CBA? Would that void individual contracts? Would that mean a total reset of the NFL? Might be fun.

  47. For those of you that think the players shouldn’t accept this, you are completely wrong. In a court room, if they were stupid enough to fight it, a cancellation like a force majuere, goes both ways. In this matter, they are still talking about paying some incentive pays. You can’t get a better deal for not playing. And you think these owners are all billionaires? Some of them are only because they own a team. With no games or no fans, they are losing a ton of money, especially when if there are no games, the TV networks aren’t going to pay either. If a player can’t survive on what he already has for one year, then he already screwed up. Even practice squad players are getting 100k. If you can’t live off of that in one year, then you are exactly what most of us think of you anyway, entitled nododys. We all are still working through this pandemic and struggling. If they fight over money it will be just like baseball. I love sports as much as the next guy, but I won’t pay a dime for anything to support them.

  48. The NFLPA always liked the word “share”. They’d championed the term “fair”. They talk a lot about percentages of the bottom line. Hey, this might be an interesting story to follow.

  49. Just like the anthem protests, if you don’t want to watch, don’t.

    Just like the anthem protests, pretty sure the league will not care.

    I agree with posters who think the likelihood of a season is getting lower every day. I hope not but I prioritize safety over play. But to the guy who says he runs a business and has a force majeure clause? Good for you. I’ve run several large business that didn’t. Including franchise organizations with royalties that didn’t. I know of no business (I am sure there’s some) that pay people for not working. And you don’t need a clause to do that I am afraid.

    Cleaner, but if there’s no revenue…lots of precedent for not having to pay.

  50. saintbroseph says:
    Not that I agree with the players getting paid for a full season if there is no season, however, a contract is a contract, especially from a legal liability perspective.
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    It is you who do not get it…..the NFL does not have a force majeure so if the Season starts, then is terminated, the players are contractrally entitled to full pay.

    However, the NFL is not obligated to pay a dime if no games are played. Therefore, if the NFL believes they can’t have a full season it behooves them to cancel the season entirely rather than lose money due to the contract.

    Thus it behooves the players to negotiate to get some pay for the games they do play, or not get a dime.

  51. NFL’s proposal dramatically cuts player pay if season is canceled
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    ANd that’s the way it should be! They shouldn’t get full pay for anything less than a full season, BTW they’re called “GAME CHECKS” for a reason, they get paid by the games played!

  52. interesting how most of the time commenters around here are like “you signed a contract, how dare you renegotiate” when its the players doing it. but now that the league wants to renegotiate their deals and potentially not honor contracts, those same people are cheering the league on.

  53. Pro player here. If the league decides unilaterally to cancel the season and not pay, then that looks to me like they fired and released every player. I think that means all the players become free agents!

  54. No play, no pay. No one else gets paid to not go to work. Oh, maybe the NFL can use the payroll protection plan and the taxpayers can pay the salaries of millionaires.

    There is a good chance the NFL is going to be gone forever if they don’t play this year. I see a.lot of supposed fans cheering on the NFL’s demise.

  55. I’m guessing this is a take it or no season and no pay deal for players and the NFLPA.

    The season won’t start until this is agreed.

  56. I’m not worried about the owners or players, I’m worried about the taxpayers

    They will be paid in full and we will be the ones to pay them

  57. The estimated legal and illegal betting on a Super Bowl is over 5 billion. No way they kill the season completely. Vegas will not allow it.

  58. The Collective Bargaining Agreement does not include a force majeure clause. – That was all we needed to know.

  59. Well, they won’t take the deal, because why would they? They are under no obligation to take a pay cut and will be paid according to their contract. Next time, think ahead and put a clause in that allows pay reduction in the face of a situation like this. The owners lack of vision will cause them a lot of money, but I’m sure the billionaires can take the hit for a year.

  60. What am I missing? It seems like there are people arguing the players should be paid no matter what. That is not what the CBA says. If week one is played the players have an argument to be paid for the full season. The owners have the ability to shut down the entire season which would mean no game is played and the player argument goes away. Right now it is get paid zero if no games and 100% if any games are played. The entire risk is on the owners UNLESS the players compromise. This proposal is a compromise to stop the very real potential of players dragging this out and then quitting AFTER game 1 just so they get paid. The proposal allows some player compensation (more than 0) even if there are no games. Without an agreement to some reduction from the 100% (arguably) listed in the CBA the players will receive the 0% (arguably) listed in the CBA. This concept of receiving full pay for no work is absurd and everybody except the players and pro-union (at all cost) supporters understand that.

  61. covidiots says:
    July 18, 2020 at 2:29 pm
    Players should tell them to take a hike. These supposedly brilliant billionaires and their supposedly brilliant business attorneys screwed up bigtime not putting in a force majeure clause

    Especially since you know if the rolls were reversed they would demand every penny as specified by contract.

    I manage a small 750k a year company and we have a force majeure clause in our contract we use for clients. Pretty basic thing for multi million dollar businesses not to have
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    Players: take a hike
    Billionaires: how are you going to earn a workout bonus, game check, or playing incentives while we are out on that hike?

  62. While I think they will play, no one should get any $$ if they dont play.

    If there are no games, go get in the unemployment line, like anyone else loses their job.

    I’m for incentive based pay on a per game basis, great play gets top $$, bad play gets the minimum game check. We might see some better games then.

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