NFL owners voted Thursday in New York to agree to the terms negotiated for a new collective bargaining agreement, according to the league. With peace at work, the League can focus on negotiations with television channels and technology companies on the rights to broadcast and broadcast games, contracts that are expected to generate new revenue. Already, more than half of N.F.L.`s revenue comes from the sale of broadcast rights, and the owners` insistence on adding a 17th game and extending the playoffs is tied to bid targets, given the increase in programmable content. “The world is much less safe,” he said. “Where some players thought the owners were making the most of the contract term last month, it became clear that it was the players who were taking advantage of the length of the contract.” The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is an employment contract that reflects the results of collective bargaining between the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and the National Football League (NFL) (the commissioner and the 32 team owners). The employment contract classifies the league`s revenue distribution, sets health and safety standards, and defines benefits, including pensions and medical benefits, for all NFL players. The first collective bargaining agreement was concluded in 1968, after NFLPA players decided to go on strike to increase wages, pensions and benefits for all players in the league. Subsequent negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement required complaints against injuries, a guaranteed percentage of revenue for players, an extension of the free agency and other matters affecting NFL business. The NFLPA and the team`s owners have negotiated seven different contracts since 1968. In November 1989, the 8th Court of Appeal ruled that team owners were exempt from federal cartel laws as long as players were properly represented by a union. In the same year, the NFLPA decided as a union and stated that its union status offered more protection to owners than to players.  The NFL remained without a collective agreement until 1993.  In voting, players will have to weigh several factors, including whether they will get enough concessions from the owners to accept an additional regular season game.
December 13, 2020