The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) voted to ratify a new collective agreement with the league, she announced.
In a close vote, union members approved the proposal put forward by the Goodell Circuit: 1,019 of them accepted it, while 959 voted against the deal. Thus, union peace is guaranteed for the next 10 years – that is, until the end of the 2030 season – within the NFL. Also, the salary cap for 2020 will be $ 198.2 million.
The new employment contract provides, among other things, that each team will play 17 and no longer 16 games per campaign, from 2021. More teams will participate in the playoffs, from 2020: according to the ESPN network, seven clubs per association there will access and only one will get a pass for the second round.
Players will benefit from better revenue sharing and additional benefits, including a hike in the minimum wage, according to NFL.com. With regard to performance-based compensation, a 12% increase is planned. The league estimates that this proportion means an additional $ 100 million that will go into players’ pockets starting this year.
In addition, two additional places will be available in regular training, for a total of 55. However, the number of equipment training during the preparatory camp will increase from 28 to 16.
Additionally, players will no longer be suspended when they fail a marijuana test.
“We are pleased that the players voted for the ratification of the employment contract, which will offer substantial benefits to active and retired athletes, in addition to increasing the number of jobs and ensuring continued progress in the safety of the players. players. This will give our fans even more better football, ”Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
“This result is the fruit of a long democratic process respecting our constitution. An independent observer received the votes through a secure platform before verifying, counting and authenticating them, ”added the NFLPA.
The owners approved the employment contract on February 20 and the union party had until Saturday to vote on it. The new year of the NFL calendar will begin in principle on Wednesday. That day, the free agent market is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. It will be allowed to negotiate with the athletes concerned from Monday noon.
No upheaval expected
In addition, the important dates on the calendar could remain the same. At least that’s what ESPN reported on Sunday.
The New Year for the NFL is set to begin on Wednesday with the opening of the free agent market. The league has also sent a letter to its teams to tell them that it will begin as planned.
The regular season will kick off on Sept. 10 with a game involving the reigning champions, the Kansas City Chiefs.