The NFL is set to move into uncharted territory with the approval of the new CBA . The changes are very polarizing, with a split of 1,019 to 959 in favor of the decision. We will certainly have plenty of time to see if this deal had the desired effects with the deal expected to end in 2030.
The most notable change will be the jump from a 16 game season to a 17 game season. The last time we saw a jump in games was in 1978, when the league decided to increase the regular season by two games, from 14 to 16. The 17-game regular season will not start next year, but could start as early as 2021.
The playoffs saw an adjustment as well, which is possibly why many of the players were in the end satisfied with the deal. The two-team expansion of the postseason will be implemented for the upcoming 2020 campaign, splitting the NFL's fans in the process. Many people already believed that bad teams have been sneaking their way into the playoffs as it is, and this will only worsen that issue.
The players also saw more security and control with this new CBA, gaining an increased share of league revenue. They also have a much lower chance of being tagged, as teams will only be able to use one franchise or transition tag this offseason, instead of both tags being available to use simultaneously.
"We are pleased that the players have voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will provide substantial benefits to all current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on players safety, and give our fans more and better football."Roger Goodell in a statement after the announcement of the approved CBA.
They have now also set the salary cap at $198.2 Million, which is slightly less that what was originally expected, but still a $10 Million jump. It is the seventh straight year of a jump being that great, displaying the increasing power of the players union.
Now that the CBA is ratified, talks for potentially delaying the start of the new league due to coronavirus can now take more of a front seat. Let's just hope it doesn't come to that.