NFL Owners Approve New CBA

Aug 5, 2011; Canton, OH; USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) and NFLPA executive director Demaurice Smith sign the new CBA in front of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL team owners have approved a proposed new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the league and NFL Players Association. The league announced the approval in a statement Thursday following an owner’s meeting in New York.

The statement says “Following more than ten months of intensive and thorough negotiations, the NFL Players and clubs have jointly developed a comprehensive set of new and revised terms that will transform the future of the game, provide for players – past, present, and future – both on and off the field, and ensure that the NFL’s second century is even better and more exciting for the fans.”

Now, the Player’s Association must approve the same terms for a new agreement to take effect. The players will discuss the proposed CBA in a conference call on Friday, the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports. The CBA requires a two-thirds majority vote from the 32 player representatives. If that majority is achieved, all players will vote on the proposal. Finally, the agreement requires a simply majority of that vote to take effect.

The most notable elements of the new CBA include expanding to a 14-team playoff field and moving to a 17-game regular season. As a result, whether the players accept these terms or continue to negotiate for more remains to be seen.

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