By Lisa Johnson // @lj1303
The conversations surrounding the new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) have brought up two major proposals this week. Changes we could see as early as the 2020 NFL season.
According to multiple sports outlets, there is a proposed a 17-game season instead of the 16 game schedule in place now, and a major change to the playoff system.
The thought of a 17 game season is appealing to some fans, just as long as it comes with the elimination of a preseason game. It is being reported that the majority of the owners are in favor of this and are pushing this forward. While most players have opposed this due to the increased risk to players’ health and safety, that has eased up some due to negotiations in exchange for financial and other concessions for players.
How would players be compensated for a 17th game if they signed contracts based on a 16-game schedule? Basically, under proposed CBA, they’d get an extra game check, but it’d be capped at $250,000, per sources. So the highest-paid players would play for less than usual.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 20, 2020
Being a season ticket holder for many years I can tell you this. The thought of eliminating a preseason game is absolutely fine by me. Changing it to a game with meaning? I am all in.
Now as for this second part; the playoff system changes. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, these changes have already been agreed on by both parties and could be in effect as early as the 2020 NFL season. This format would expand the playoffs from 12 teams to 14 teams. That’s 7 teams from each conference making the playoffs. With only the top seed from each conference getting the bye week, and all the remaining teams playing on wild card weekend, thus increasing the first round from four games to six.
Speaking to many fans over the last 24hrs, I can tell you this. The majority of fans like the idea of adding a game and eliminating a preseason game, but many are not in favor of the playoff system. If you love good quality football, I can see where this can be a concern. You could possibly be watching two teams that are 7-10 square off in a playoff game.
While on the other hand, if your team is 7-10 and took an injury-hit early on, that extra week just might get you some players back. We saw this playout for the Houston Texans who were able to buy an extra week with a win, thus bringing defensive end J.J. Watt back.
Here is the memo that the NFL has accepted the terms of the new proposed CBA: pic.twitter.com/yRYZc3anSB
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 20, 2020
While the new agreement isn’t set to expire till March 2021, all parties have said they would like to have a deal in place well before then. Owners met today and approved it on their side.
Now it will be up to an NFLPA vote which has been scheduled for Friday.
Bottom line. More games. More revenue. Which in turn means more football for fans.
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