It appears that the tycoon owners of National Football League teams, and tough football players that play in these teams are also going into a collective bargaining agreement that may look as rough and fierce as a football game on the field.
The NFL released a proposal with new terms, which includes some pay rises, a larger roaster of practice players, more regular season games and more.
The team owners met in New York Thursday to vote and agree on the new terms, and it includes more regular season games (17 up from current 16), a shorter preseason, and more players on the roster.
The new proposal also gives players a gradual increase of the league’s revenues. Starting at 47% of revenues, which is estimated around $16 billion in the past year, increasing to 48% in 2021, and up to 48.5% in case the season will extend to 17 games. This could mean around $5 billion extra to players over 10 years, if the deal will be done.
The Football teams will be also be allowed to grow their practice squad to 14 players (up from 12 currently), and a pay rise of $10,500/week (up from $8,000 in 2019). And, there’s also an increase for players minimum salary to $600,000, up from $510,000. So, if an NFL player comes and tells you he’s working for minimum wage, don’t be quick to judge…
There’s also a clause that limits THC (Marijuana) testing, and players that will be tested positive will still incur penalties, but will not be suspended from games. Sorry, but I’m not sure this one is a positive step towards a cleaner sport, for the NFL, or any other sport or league.
The players will have a conference call to discuss the proposal, and will be voted on before the Union’s meeting in Miami in March.