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Report: NFL, NFLPA Schedule CBA Negotiating Sessions for Monday, Tuesday

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 17, 2019

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to the media during the NFL football owners meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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The NFL and NFLPA will hold negotiating sessions Monday and Tuesday in an effort to get a new collective bargaining agreement in place before the beginning of the regular season, per ESPN's Dan Graziano.

As Graziano noted, the current CBA does not expire until after the 2020 season. However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Julia Boorstin of CNBC (h/t Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk) in July that the league wants a deal done sooner:

“That’s certainly our intent. Our intent is to make sure we have a Collective Bargaining Agreement, we’ve been in it for eight years. It’s worked very well, mainly for our fans but also for our players and our clubs, and so we have the structure of a system that works quite well. We’re continuing that dialogue, there are obviously changes we all want on both sides, and I think those are things that’ll improve us and try to make the Collective Bargaining [Agreement] continue to be successful for all the parties, and I hope we’ll do that.”

The NFL's 100th season begins Sept. 5 when the Green Bay Packers visit the Chicago Bears.

The NFL and NFLPA met in mid-July in what was supposed to be a three-day negotiation session.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported the meetings were cut short after just one day, although a source told the reporter that the talks were "productive."

The two sides offered a joint statement afterward.

"Today's meeting was productive, constructive and beneficial for both sides, and the meetings between the NFLPA's Executive Committee and the NFL's Management Council Executive Committee will continue," the statement read.

The next meeting was scheduled to be held July 29, but the two sides eventually met Aug. 5 in Chicago. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated wrote that the "economic split" was discussed.

Per Pelissero (h/t Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com), the two sides "made progress on secondary issues and their talks continue to be productive." However, Pelissero noted that a deal prior to the beginning of the season was unlikely.

Per Berhman, the NFL and NFLPA have met five times since the end of the 2018 season.

In July, ESPN's Dan Graziano listed nine key issues the NFL and NFLPA must address: revenue split, stadium credits, franchise tag and fifth-year option, 18-game season, lifetime health care drug policy, commissioner's power, player safety and former player benefits.

The revenue split seems to be the biggest point of contention. Pelissero called it the "No. 1 issue," and Graziano noted that we can "expect the players' side to push for an increase in the players' share of gross revenue in the next deal."

Players currently have a 47 percent share per the current CBA, which was enacted in 2011.