NFL Owners Approve CBA, Vote Rests On NFLPA, Players
The NFL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been accepted by NFL owners on Thursday, sending the vote to the players. All 32 owners met in New York City to vote, with three-fourths needed for approval. Although the vote was not unanimous, it had enough support to pass.
The league released a statement saying the following: “Following more than ten months of intensive and thorough negotiations the NFL Players and clubs have jointly developed a comprehensive set of new and revised terms that will transform the future of the game, provide for players – past, present, and future – both on and off the field, and ensure that the NFL’s second century is even better and more exciting for the fans.”
The next step for this proposal is a two-thirds majority vote by the NFLPA and, if passed, then a majority vote from players.
The NFLPA released a memo stating a few proposals that players reps and the union’s executive council will weigh in on:
- The elimination of any game suspensions strictly for positive marijuana tests.
- A reduction in the number of players subjected to testing for marijuana.
- “Gambling definitions” that ensure players receive a portion of gambling revenue brought in by the league.
- An increase in the active squad by one offensive lineman.
Sources have said that the proposed CBA would allow the league to expand the regular season from 16 games to 17 and one concession is that the preseason will be shortened.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt took to Twitter to weigh in on the proposal, citing his disappointment.
Hard no on that proposed CBA.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 21, 2020
Other players have echoed Watts in his disapproval of the CBA.
Leadership! I am with you! Please communicate with your team rep. https://t.co/JucZbwqoa2
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 21, 2020
I disagree with the 17 games
— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) February 20, 2020
With players already voicing their disapproval, it seems this proposal may not last very long unless some changes are made.