Report: Players have until Thursday to opt out

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The NFL had agreed to give players seven days after finalization of the revised Collective Bargaining Agreement to opt out of the 2020 season. The revision hasn’t been executed, but the deadline has been revised.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that players will have until 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday to opt out. The league and the NFL Players Association still haven’t signed the agreement officially adjusting the CBA to account for the consequences of the pandemic.

As one source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT, the agreement is still being finalized.

It’s unknown at this point whether and to what extent the NFLPA will receive one or more concessions from the league to agree to the shorter deadline to opt out. Teams wanted the window to close sooner than later, given concerns that players who were destined to be cut were opting out and collecting six-figure stipends, and that some agents have been using the threat of an opt out to try to leverage new contracts.

17 responses to “Report: Players have until Thursday to opt out

  1. Also the NFL has until September to cancel the season. Most likely it will be before the end of August.

  2. The whole league is going to opt-out several weeks into the season if not before it even begins.

  3. All these people who think the NFL isn’t going to happen is out of their minds. Do you really think the most powerful sport in the world won’t happen when the likes of Baseball, Soccer, Hockey, and Basketball are? They will bullnose down the path to play and adjust until a season is concluded. It might not be a fluid process, but it’s going to happen.

  4. I’m a Pats fan, I’m looking forward to seeing Cam in a McDaniels/Belichick offense, the opt-outs in many ways take the pressure off so the team is playing loose, I don’t want to see Brady-Gronk succeed with Bruce Arians (overrated, throws his players under the bus)…..but we all know this season ain’t happenin’, right? I mean, c’mon. I say, maybe – with some luck – 8 games.

  5. Why is it that people don’t want a season? Did I miss any deaths by nfl players, or athletes across the world for that matter?

    I have to work, with random customers, I don’t get to “opt out”… Why can’t high performing athletes work? Is this really what we’ve lowered ourselves to?

  6. So if they opt out Friday because of a sick family member, their opt is null and void? Horse💩

  7. Here’s a thought. How about all the long time sports fans just “opt out” of professional, and maybe even collegiate sports?

  8. It’s unknown at this point whether and to what extent the NFLPA will receive one or more concessions from the league to agree to the shorter deadline to opt out.
    ____________

    Really?
    This was an agreement between both parties trying to make the best of a bad situation. If the pandemic is causing logistical problems to physically get the necessary people together to sign, why should one side try to ‘stick it to the other’

  9. Check the scales. On one side you have 6 figure payment. On the other, you have a. 02% chance of getting something that has a 2% chance of killing a person in ill health or over 80 years old. Hmm.

  10. thelinestartsheretokissmyass says:
    August 4, 2020 at 12:20 am
    Check the scales. On one side you have 6 figure payment. On the other, you have a. 02% chance of getting something that has a 2% chance of killing a person in ill health or over 80 years old. Hmm.

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    not a single one of those numbers is accurate. Kinda hard to “check the scales” when you appear to have your thumb on them.

  11. Ok, here’s my idea to save the season:
    The 2020 NFL PLAYOFFS
    Single elimination tournament spread out over 8-12 weeks
    AFC on one side, NFC on the other, two bracket winners at championship
    All games played in one region of the country with many hotels
    Each team takes over a hotel, lives in a bubble for the duration of “season”.
    Each player / personnel / support quarantines before entering the bubble and tests negative before entering
    Games are played on Thurs, Sat, Sun, Mon nights – two games a night to start.
    Games played outside at night w crowd noise pumped in, empty seats in darkness
    Players are paid for every week at a guaranteed rate, even after they lose, but teams who advance get more than that.
    Players who violate the bubble are eliminated from tournie.
    Start date of the season is flexible. Could wait until Oct or Nov, or even early next year.
    Not a full season but gets people paid and gives us some football and hopefully keeps everyone safe.
    Thoughts?

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