NFL, NFLPA End Bargaining Session Early

The NFL and NFLPA were set to meet from Wednesday through Friday, but the get-together is already over, according to Tom Pelissero of (on Twitter). The plan, for now, is for the two sides to reconvene on July 29.

One source described the meetings as “productive,” though the decision to cap the scheduled three-day meeting after just one day is curious, to say the least. There’s a lot of issues to be hammered out, including the idea of an 18-game season. The union opposes the idea, even though the NFL would like to institute a 16-game limit for each individual player.

I don’t see an 18-game schedule — under any circumstance — being in the best interest of our players,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said. “If somebody wants to make an 18-game proposal, we’ll look at it. I haven’t seen anything that makes me think that it would be good for the players.”

Of course, the union will also be after a larger share of the revenue, while owners are hoping that the players – in a roundabout way – will contribute money towards stadium projects and relocations.

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  1. DarkSide830

    if any change is made, a 17 gamr schedule with 2 pre-season games is a good idea. helps avoid tie-breaker scenarios and also drops the total number of games played overall on the year.

    • Vizionaire

      more games. more injuries. if nfl wants 18 games, increase the roster to, say, 70.

      • saluelthpops

        . . . and stupidity of players. No one is forcing the players/agents to sign the non-guaranteed contracts and their reps DID sign the last collectively bargained agreement that allowed for the non-guaranteed contracts.

    • Guaranteed money means paying for injured players no longer on a team’s roster. Though there may be salary cap room, some small market teams or owners with cash flow limitations won’t be able to spend. This will in turn limit the new contracts to be offered.

    • LordShade

      Because that would be an awful idea. Do you want football to be as screwed up as baseball? Because that’s how you start.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Great idea. L’Veon Bell goes back to his Dairy Queen job and others work at Walmart or Dollar General along side regular working stiffs. Maybe then they will realize how privileged they are and stop with all the off field nonsense that gets them suspended.

        • crosseyedlemon

          Kareem Hunt could get a job teaching self defense courses to women. Zeke Elliot could work as a security guard. The possibilities are endless.

  2. Paul1989

    Remember when that Tool Florio thought they would cruise to a deal since they were already talking! Now he’ll come out with an article saying there’s a 50% chance it’ll get done before the season so he can claim he was right!

    • crosseyedlemon

      Florio was probably the source that claimed a 3 day meeting that actually only lasted a few hours was “productive”…lol.

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