With a deadline of Saturday night, the NFL players voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. Needing a simple majority, it passed by a vote of 1,019 to 959.
An independent auditor received submitted ballots through a secure electronic platform, then verified, tallied and certified the results.
The new CBA will run through the 2030 season. The 2020 salary cap has also been set $198.2 million per club.
- League option to expand regular season to 17 games (3 preseason)
- Expanded 14-team playoffs
- Increased 48-man game day roster (must have 8 OL)
- Increases minimum player salaries
- Increased benefits for active & former players
- Increased practice squads (size & eligibility)
Statement from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell:
"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 player safety, and give our fans more and better football. We appreciate the tireless efforts of the members of the Management Council Executive Committee and the NFLPA leadership, both of whom devoted nearly a year to detailed, good faith negotiations to reach this comprehensive, transformative agreement."
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