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NFLPA to consider 17-game season



January 28, 2020

NFLPA to consider 17-game season

        A new Collective Bargaining Agreement that expands the NFL’s regular season from 16 to 17 games is what the NFL wants. The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) is preparing for a meeting on Thursday with the union’s board of player representatives to present the idea, but a 17-game season remains a hard sell to the players.

The thought is that the push for player health and safety makes it more difficult to get players to agree to another regular-season game unless concessions are made: 

More money and the allowance of marijuana use recreationally by the players will get their attention.

The union's 11-member Executive Committee must first decide whether to recommend the league’s current offer to the board of player representatives at the Thursday meeting. If the Executive Committee makes the recommendation, and if two-thirds of the player representatives accept the proposal, all dues-paying union members would then vote on the proposal (roughly 1,900 players) with a simple majority getting the deal done.

On Sunday, Chargers left tackle Russell Okung officially declared his intention to run for the soon-to-be-vacant position of NFL Players Association president. The vote is in March. Okung is a member of the Executive Committee. 

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December 10, 2019

NFL salary cap increases for 2020 season

     The NFL is holding its league meetings in Las Colinas, Texas, home of the late-great Texas Stadium. On Tuesday, the NFL informed teams that they project the salary cap will be in the range of $196.8 million to $201.2 million for next season.

The salary cap for the 2019 season is $188.2 million, which makes it likely that the cap will go up at least $10 million for the seventh consecutive season. Projected player costs, including benefits, for the 2020 season will be more than $7.7 billion.

The increase, relative to the 2011 cap, represents an increase of roughly 65 percent.

2011 was the first year of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that expires in 2020. Talks on a new CBA are ongoing between the NFL and NFLPA.

 In 2011, there was a work stoppage. Both parties hope to avoid a stoppage but the pandering and positioning have been going on for a while.  Look for acceptance of marijuana use by players to be a chip the NFLPA is unwilling to budge on.



Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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