Super Bowl week is important for all the obvious reasons. But in addition to the big game between the Chiefs and 49ers this Sunday, progress for the next collective bargaining agreement could well be on the horizon.
The latest from NFL Network insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero:
A significant CBA update from me and @TomPelissero as the two sides close in: The NFLPA leaders have scheduled an important meeting with the player reps on Thursday to get input on how to proceed. Our story: https://t.co/IgSnACp2Rt
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 26, 2020
Rapoport and Pelissero report that key figures among the NFLPA leadership will meet on Thursday to discuss how things are going regarding negotiations for the next CBA. In the report, Rapoport and Pelissero cite a January 16 memo from NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith confirming the “tentative agreements” that’ve apparently been reached on matters such as increased player revenue, increased minimum salaries, reducing training camp contact, decreasing fines for on-field punishments, and “significant modifications to the league’s drug policy.” That is certainly notable from top to bottom.
Important items yet to be determined include the 17-game schedule, the parameters regarding maximum revenue splits, team minimum spending requirements, player pensions, and more. So don’t go preparing for a victory lap just yet – there’s still so much to work through. And yet, reading through the report does indicate that some progress is being made.