NFLPA Executive Committee Reportedly Votes 6-5 Against New CBA Proposal

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2020

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The National Football League Players Association executive committee reportedly voted 6-5 against the collective bargaining agreement proposal approved by NFL owners Thursday.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported the vote represents a "recommendation" but holds no value in determining whether the deal will ultimately get approved.

ESPN's Adam Schefter provided a statement from the NFLPA on the next step:

Pelissero reported the next meeting is currently scheduled for Tuesday.

Schefter reported several notable changes are expected if the current CBA offer is accepted, including a 17-game regular season, a shorter preseason, one extra team making the playoffs from each conference and larger rosters, both on game day (46 to 48) and overall (53 to 55).

Meanwhile, the NFL would make concessions, including fewer marijuana tests and less severe penalties for those who test positive, a pathway for players to receive money from gambling revenue the league receives, less padded practices and other financial considerations within the multibillion-dollar industry.

Houston Texans superstar defensive end J.J. Watt is not a fan of the proposal:

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Although CBA talks have moved swiftly in recent weeks to reach this stage, they could come to a screeching halt if the players vote down the offer approved by the owners.

Darren Rovell of the Action Network reported ownership has basically presented the deal as a "take it or leave it" proposal:

If more than 50 percent of the players vote to approve the deal, it will be ratified, per Alper.

The current CBA runs through the 2020 season.