NFL owners approve terms of new CBA; player vote still pending

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NFL team owners have approved the terms of a new collective-bargaining agreement, the league announced Thursday.

The news followed the conclusion of a meeting of all 32 franchise owners in New York. Approval requires a vote of three-fourths of the NFL’s team owners.

The terms were not passed unanimously, ESPN reported.

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Player reps expected to vote Friday

A vote of the player’s union to approve the terms is still pending. NFLPA members are expected to vote on the proposal Friday, NFL Network reports.

If two-thirds of the membership approves the CBA, it will be sent for approval to all of the league’s players, where a simple majority would ratify a new labor deal.

From the NFL:

​​​​​​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. 

The membership voted today to accept the negotiated terms on the principal elements of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The Players Association would also need to vote to approve the same terms for there to be a new agreement.

Since the clubs and players need to have a system in place and know the rules that they will operate under by next week, the membership also approved moving forward under the final year of the 2011 CBA if the players decide not to approve the negotiated terms.  Out of respect for the process and our partners at the NFLPA, we will have no further comment at this time.

The NFL announced on Thursday that team owners have approved the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. (Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The NFL announced on Thursday that team owners have approved the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. (Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, ESPN reported that both sides had agreed to expand the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams while eliminating the first-round bye for No. 2 seeds as part of the proposed CBA.

The league is expected to push for a 17-game regular season as well.

Meanwhile, the NFLPA distributed a fact sheet of the proposal which includes a projected increase of revenue distribution to players of $5 billion over the course of 10 years in addition to calls for improved working conditions, a reduction in fines, limits on drug testing related to THC and improved benefits.

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