Group Of NFL Owners Aiming For 18-Game Regular Season

Some NFL owners are hoping to negotiate an 18-game schedule next year

Some Owners Feel They Gave Up Too Much In Proposed CBA

Despite approving the proposed collective bargaining agreement last month, a number of NFL owners are hoping for the current deal to be voted down by the players. This ambition stems from a belief that they can negotiate an 18-game season next year.

If a new CBA isn’t agreed to this offseason, the owners and players will return to the table next offseason with the expiration of the last collective bargaining agreement looming.

According to reports, a significant group of owners believes they gave up too much under the proposed CBA, which would potentially raise the players’ revenue share to 48.5% from 47% under a 17-game schedule.

Possibility Of An 18-Game Schedule

If the players vote to approve the proposed CBA, which would take a simple majority of 50% plus one vote, the move to an 18-game schedule wouldn’t be possible until the deal expires following the 2030 season.

If the players vote the proposed CBA down, negotiations will resume with the framework of the deal intact. That would open the door for the owners to push for an 18-game season.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, doesn’t believe there’s a good deal for the players that includes an 18-game schedule.

“If somebody wants to make an 18-game proposal, we’ll look at it,” Smith said. “I haven’t seen anything that makes me think that it would be good for the players.”

Owners, Players Both Unhappy

It’s said that a good compromise leaves both sides a little unhappy. Right now, we’re finding out just how unhappy the owners and players are with the proposed CBA.

While the owners’ list of gripes begins with the lack of an 18-game schedule under the proposed revenue share increase for the players, that’s not where the issues end.

Additionally, NFL Team owners are also unhappy with the lack of a salary cap for the league’s highest-paid players, which would help to calm the quarterback salary explosion. The roster increase from 46 to 48 players, as well as the increase to a practice squad of 14 players, is another point of contention for the owners.

What Players Don’t Like In The Current Proposal

Meanwhile, players like Richard Sherman and Aaron Rodgers are speaking out against the proposed CBA. Some of the dissent starts with the addition of another regular-season game and the salary limits on the highest-paid players.

With aspirations of a 50/50 revenue split and long-term health care, the current version of the proposed CBA isn’t good enough for many players.

We’ll soon discover the fate of the proposed CBA, as players have through Thursday night to cast their votes.

Why Owners, Players Should Approve Current CBA Proposal

While both sides of the collective bargaining agreement are left with complaints, they’re also getting significant compensation.

On the side of ownership, a relatively small dip in revenue split will allow them to increase the regular season to 17 games. That change would instantly increase overall revenue for a league that continues to land more significant TV rights deals.

Meanwhile, players will receive a jump in the all-important revenue share. The leap from 47% to 48.5% gets them closer to the 50/50 split they desire, and a move from 47% to 50% right now feels unrealistic.

Because owners and players are both giving things up to accomplish big-picture goals, the proposed CBA is one either side should be eager to approve. And with the prospect of negotiating under the pressure of an expiring deal next year, they would be wise to get the CBA done now.

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