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    NFL players approve collective bargaining agreement, ushering in new era of 17-game r

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...on/5045997002/

    The NFL and NFL Players Association found resolution on a long-running and, at times, acrimonious labor showdown.

    The union's dues-paying members voted 1,019 to 959 to approve the collective bargaining agreement proposed by team owners, the NFLPA announced Sunday. The union had required players to submit their votes by 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday.

    The vote, which required a simple majority to pass, received 51.5% approval from players.

    "We are pleased that the players have voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will provide substantial benefits to current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on player safety, and give our fans more and better football," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "We appreciate the tireless efforts of the members of the Management Council Executive Committee and the NFLPA leadership, both of whom devoted nearly a year to detailed, good faith negotiations to reach this comprehensive, transformative agreement."

    The deal, which runs through the 2030 season, most notably will extend the NFL regular season to 17 games. The shift will not be implemented immediately, instead taking place in 2021 at the earliest.

    The expansion gives the league additional leverage in upcoming negotiations for broadcast rights. The current collective bargaining agreement was scheduled to run through the 2020 season, but owners pushed for an early agreement in part to bolster their standing in talks. The league now not only can offer an expanded package of games — in addition to the 17-game regular season, it will expand the postseason from 12 teams to 14 teams, with an additional contest in the wild-card round and only the top seed from each conference receiving a bye — but it avoids any concerns of a potential work stoppage. Before the previous collective bargaining agreement was struck, the NFL and its players endured a four-month lockout.

    As part of the new pact, the players' share of revenue is set to rise from 47% to 48%, eventually reaching as much as 48.8% when the 17th game is instituted.

    Though that proved to be sufficient to earn approval from the majority of players, several notable figures strongly objected to the terms of the deal.

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt were among the stars who opposed the deal, saying owners had not conceded enough to warrant the inclusion of the 17th game.

    Rodgers, who serves as the Packers' NFLPA representative, voted against the deal in a February meeting of the union's board of player representatives during the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. The board voted 17-14, with one abstention, to pass the proposal on to the full body of players.

    “The fact that (the 17th game) even got in there when, the guys that I talked to around the league, every meeting that was had before these negotiations got amped up, nobody wanted 17 games,” Rodgers said on ESPN Wisconsin's "Wilde & Tausch" radio show on March 6. “A lot of us are wondering how the hell that even got into the conversation because nobody wanted it."

    The proposal, however, offered short-term incentive to many players simply looking to secure a roster spot. Rookie minimum salaries will increase by $100,000 in 2020, while other minimum-salaried players will see a boost of at least $90,000 this year, according to a fact sheet disseminated by the NFLPA prior to the vote.

    The deal's approval adds one level of certainty to an offseason calendar that has already shifted. The franchise tag deadline, originally scheduled for last Tuesday, is set to close just before noon on Monday, when the league's tampering window will open. The start of the new league year — and free agency — will begin on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.

    Among the other notable changes as part of the collective bargaining agreement:

    • The preseason will be shortened from four games to three, with the fourth week serving as a bye.

    • Active game-day rosters will expand from 46 players to 48, while overall rosters will grow from 53 to 55. Practice squads will expand from 10 players to 12.

    • The maximum length of padded, full-speed practices will be reduced from three hours to two and a half.

    • A new, neutral "discipline officer" will rule on punishments for violations of the player conduct policy. Appeals, however, will go to Goodell, who will have final say.

    • The drug policy will reduce the testing window for THC from four months to two weeks at the start of training camp. Players cannot be suspended strictly for testing positive for THC, and the limit on nanograms of carboxy THC per milliliter increases from 35 to 150.

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    Looks like the players really made out.
    Good for them.
    They deserve it.
    In the last decade, 25% of the league has won a super bowl(the Steelers aren't one of them) and 25% have as many or more playoff wins as the Steelers.

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    17th game is just a money grab, plain and simple.

    I do like that the playoffs will expand by 2 teams (1 per conference) beginning this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    Looks like the players really made out.
    Good for them.
    They deserve it.
    looks like the fans and owners made out.. lol

    a few years from now these players that voted for it will complain about it because they will be the vets and realize they were duped into an extra game for a small increase in pay.

    “would you like to make more money by working more hours?”

    Lmao.
    Tomlin’s coming back so what can you do?


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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    looks like the fans and owners made out.. lol

    a few years from now these players that voted for it will complain about it because they will be the vets and realize they were duped into an extra game for a small increase in pay.

    “would you like to make more money by working more hours?”

    Lmao.
    The vets are gonna complain no matter what.
    The same ones that are crying about it now would have voted for it when they had a year or two in.
    It's about time the fans made out.
    In the last decade, 25% of the league has won a super bowl(the Steelers aren't one of them) and 25% have as many or more playoff wins as the Steelers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBucks View Post
    17th game is just a money grab, plain and simple.

    I do like that the playoffs will expand by 2 teams (1 per conference) beginning this season.
    I'm good with the money grab for the owners, but the extra game is also good for fans, bars, restaurants, hotels, airlines, stadium staff etc.
    Tons of people benefit from this extra game, not just the owners, like some want to proclaim.
    I guess a couple more fan bases can get excited, as long as you put it in perspective. Making the playoffs isn't much of an accomplishment anymore.
    Fringe franchises will think it's something tho.
    In the last decade, 25% of the league has won a super bowl(the Steelers aren't one of them) and 25% have as many or more playoff wins as the Steelers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    looks like the fans and owners made out.. lol

    a few years from now these players that voted for it will complain about it because they will be the vets and realize they were duped into an extra game for a small increase in pay.

    “would you like to make more money by working more hours?”

    Lmao.
    MOST of the players only play a few years...So, The majority will get huge raises for those few years,and better pensions...The longer tenured players get less, percentage wise... The Owners aren't Dummies, They dangled the carrot where there was the largest % of players, and it worked
    Last edited by Disco1981; 03-15-2020 at 01:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    Looks like the players really made out.
    Good for them.
    They deserve it.
    Jokes on everyone. We may never see the NFL again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whisper View Post
    Jokes on everyone. We may never see the NFL again.
    Then those guys could really use their education. Get real jobs where they can make a lot more money and not be slaves to the greedy NFL owners.
    In the last decade, 25% of the league has won a super bowl(the Steelers aren't one of them) and 25% have as many or more playoff wins as the Steelers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBucks View Post
    17th game is just a money grab, plain and simple.

    I do like that the playoffs will expand by 2 teams (1 per conference) beginning this season.
    "Grabbing cash" is what profitable businesses do and this is a business

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