NFLPA To Hold CBA Vote?

On Thursday in Washington D.C., the NFLPA’s executive committee and player representatives may vote on a CBA proposal from the NFL’s owners, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter) hears. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the process will be further along by the end of next week, however.

Two key things to note: 1. The players will only consider a vote if the owners address a list of issues that they’ve submitted. 2. Even if the proposal is revised to satisfaction, this vote would only clear one hurdle on the way to a new CBA. If two-thirds of the player representatives say yes, it goes to the entire union body. If a simple majority vote in favor of it, it will go to the owners. In that final step, three-fourths of owners must say yes in order for the CBA to be ratified.

The current CBA doesn’t expire until March 2021, but the two sides want to hash out a new one by the start of the league year. This March will not mark a true deadline for talks, but without a fresh CBA, the possibility of a labor stoppage in 2021 increases.

The league’s owners want the ability to extend the regular season to 17 games. Many players are concerned about the safety issues that would arise from a longer season, but owners say they’re willing to give up a larger share of revenue if they receive and trigger that option. The union is also believed to be seeking relaxed rules against marijuana, something the owners seem willing to offer.

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  1. JJB0811

    ‘The league’s owners want the ability to extend the regular season to 17 games. Many players are concerned about the safety issues that would arise from a longer season, but owners say they’re willing to give up a larger share of revenue if they receive and trigger that option.’

    Yet all we ever hear about is how greedy the owners are.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Yet all we ever hear about is how greedy the owners are.

      Maybe JJ avoids the articles about players getting contract extensions because I haven’t read one concerning Dak Prescott where someone wasn’t howling about how greedy he and his agent are. It’s a common theme anytime a star player gets a new contract.

      • JJB0811

        You haven’t read an article about Dak Turing down $30m last season? I read a ton of these articles w/ regards to Dak. Here’s an article from CBS in August.

        Whether you work for tips, play sports, or own a team, everyone wants to earn more. Human nature. And if a 17th game is added, then by all means, the players need an extra paycheck.

        link to cbssports.com

        • crosseyedlemon

          Of course Prescott turned down $30M…he’s worth more than that. Players frequently help owners by allowing their contracts to be re-structured, give home town discounts or occasionally take outright paycuts. Owners meanwhile look for any chance to grab back bucks (ask Trent Williams about that) or find loopholes that can allow them to avoid guarantees. The Bears for example were trying to cheat Roquan Smith immediately after drafting him which is why it took so long for them to get him signed.

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