NFL Players Approve Collective Bargaining Agreement, Which Could Extend Season to 17 Games
By NFL // March 17, 2020
1,019 players voted in favor of new CBA
(NFL) – After 10 months of negotiations, some very public player splintering, a little last-minute tinkering and even the election of a new union president, the NFL has a new collective bargaining agreement that will govern its relationship with players for the next 11 years.
The agreement is a sweeping, 400-plus page document. Let’s explore what its passage means by examining five crucial questions in the immediate aftermath:
1) First, after so much controversy, why did this pass?
The vote was not public, but it’s a safe bet that it passed because the deal was geared to helping “middle class” players who make up the majority of NFL rosters.
Sam Acho, a 10-year NFL veteran and player rep who supported the deal, posted a video last week in which he explained why the rank-and-file players were likely to be in favor of the deal despite very public resistance from some of the biggest stars in the game.
“Sixty-five percent of players in the NFL last year made minimum salaries,” Acho said.
“So when you talk about a 20 percent increase effectively year over year, in exchange for one extra game, that’s a really good deal.”
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