NFL players have voted in favor of a new collective bargaining agreement with the team`s owners, which will reorganize the financial and professional lives of thousands of people for the next decade, union officials said Sunday. The rapid increase in the minimum wage is probably the biggest positive of the agreement for players. After the NFLPA voted by a narrow majority in favor of the planned collective bargaining agreement, a new CBA was finally put in place, which will continue until the 2030 season. The deal contains a number of important changes – including a 17th regular-season game and an expanded playoff field – that will mark the NFL in the next 10 years. Below, you`ll find all the CBA coverage by The Ringer about how it will affect the league and its players, and much more. Plus: the latest on Tua, Washington`s potential interest in him, and what happens with the Giants` defense The 2020 regular season will be no different, with four Preseason competitions and 16 regular-season games, but that could change as early as 2021. The agreement allows the league to change the game plan to include an additional regular season game for each team at some point between the 2021 and 2023 seasons. “We are pleased that the players voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will bring significant benefits to all current and retired players, increase employment, ensure further progress in player safety and provide our fans with greater and better football,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We appreciate the tireless efforts of the executive committee members of the NFLPA Management Board and management, both of whom have spent nearly a year in detailed and good faith negotiations to achieve this comprehensive and transformative agreement.
Both sides completed the task just before the start of the 2020 league, so most of the changes to the agreement will take effect in March. Negotiations began in April 2019, nearly two years before the last CBA expired, and ended with an agreement less than a year later. And here`s what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had to say about the deal: In the 2020 agreement, a 17th regular-season game for teams can be added to the NFL`s game plan, either during the 2021, 2022 or 2023 NFL season, and the playoffs will be extended from 12 to 14 teams starting this season. After the owners voted to extend the playoffs on April 2, 2020, playoff teams will go from 12 to 14 teams, with six Wild Card playoff games instead of four and two teams receiving first-round playoff byes instead of four.  The preseason is reduced from four games to three in seasons with 17 regular season games.  The NFL and its players began negotiating after the players won the Freeman McNeil lawsuit against Plan B. The jury ruled on September 10, 1992, that Plan B was too restrictive under state antitrust law. The team owners then agreed to discuss the free agency for all players.  The NFLPA filed a class action on behalf of Reggie White, claiming that all NFL players should receive criminal damages because of the illegality of Plan B. The agreement provided for the payment of nearly $200 million in damages and depended on the creation of the NFLPA as a union and the signing of a new CBA that would include the terms of the dispute settlement process.   A seven-year CBA was signed in the spring of 1993, making it the first such agreement since 1987.
   The new CBA offered players unlimited free agency after playing four years in the league, subject to an exception for one player franchised per club after the first year of the new CBA. In return, the NFLPA accepted a salary cap based on an agreed percentage of revenue.  The agreement had a direct impact on players` salaries and increased salaries for the 1993 season by 38 per cent.  Among the main features of the 2011 CBA were changes in health and safety, including a reduction in the number of off-season exercises,