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Key terms of new CBA as voted on by NFL owners

Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:01 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 9:17 pm
 


Posted by Josh Katzowitz

ATLANTA – As you know, the NFL owners voted 31-0 to approve a new collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA that will last for the next 10 years. Also, as you know, the players haven’t approved the deal -- and ultimately they might not.

In any case, here are the key terms of the new CBA that will last through the 2020 season and includes the 2021 NFL draft (assuming the NFLPA ratifies it as it stands).

Player health and safety
  • Reducing the offseason program by five weeks and reducing OTAs from 14 to 10.
  • Limiting on-field practice time and contact (unspecified).
  • Limiting full-contact practices in the preseason and regular season (unspecified).
  • Increasing number of days off for players (unspecified).
  • Current players could remain in the player medical plan for life, and there will be an enhanced injury protection benefit of up to $1 million of a player’s salary the year after his injury and up to $500,000 in the second year after his injury. 
  • $50 million per year to a joint fund for “medical research, healthcare programs, and NFL Charities, including NFLPA-related charities.” 
Retired players benefits
  • During the next 10 years, there will be an additional funding of between $900 million and $1 billion -- $620 million of that will be used for a “Legacy Fund,” which will increase pensions for pre-1993 retirees. 
  • Other unspecified improvements to post-career medical options and the disability plan. 
Rookie compensation system
  • All drafted players sign four-year contracts. 
  • Undrafted players sign three-year contracts. 
  • A salary cap per draft class -- Limited contract terms. 
  • Strong anti-holdout rules -- Clubs can extend option of a first-round draft pick for a fifth year based on agreed-upon tender amounts. 
Economics
  • Salary cap plus benefits of $142.4 million per club ($120.375 million for salary and bonus) and at least that amount in 2012 and 2013. 
  • Beginning in 2012, salary cap to be set “based on a combined share of ‘all revenue.’” Players will receive 55 percent of national media revenue, 45 percent of NFL Ventures revenue and 40 percent of local club revenue. 
  • Player share must average at least 47 percent for the 10-year agreement. 
  • League-wide commitment to cash spending of 99 percent of the cap in 2011 and 2012. For 2013-2016, and again for the 2017-2020 seasons, the teams have to spend at least 95 percent of the cap. 
  • Minimum salaries will rise 10 percent in Year 1 with continued increases for each year. 
Transition rules
  • All teams will have about $3.5 million to fund veteran player salaries in 2011. That money comes from what would otherwise be performance-based pay. 
  • In 2011, each team can borrow up to $3 million in cap room from a future year, which would then be used for the veteran player costs. In 2012, that figure drops to $1.5 million, which can be borrowed. 
Other key points
  • Franchise tags and transition tags would remain unchanged. 
  • Player personal conduct policy remains the same and can be used to discipline players who violated it during the lockout.
  • No early opt-out clauses. 
  • No judicial oversight of the agreement. Neutral arbitrators jointly approved by the NFL and NFLPA would resolve disputes. 
  • Settlement of ALL pending litigation. 
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hgtrerte
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Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Greed

The NFL puts so much importance for the game of football that they’ve forgotten what really is important? In trying times that the average common Joe has lost his job, home and their savings, that most ordinary people are struggling to survive in this sick economy, the NFL worries how to split 8 billion dollars amongst its billionaire owner’s and millionaire player’s.  Just remember that without average common Joe supporting you weekly, there wouldn’t be 8 billion dollars to split.  I’ve been a football fan since I turned 12 and now that I’m 56 years old, I’m disheartened by the lack of humbleness that this League has shown. Maybe one day average common Joe may just get clever and stop sustaining this League. You are about to lose one die-hard fan, because the NFL has take us fans for granted.




Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:44 pm
 

James Harrison' Rule

Player personal conduct policy remains the same and can be used to discipline players who violated it during the lockout!!!!!




Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 9:23 am
 

Key terms of new CBA as voted on by NFL owners

This just in......players can't agree on the color of socks to wear at away games.....NFLPA set to meet with the NFL to discuss further.



Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 7:45 am
 

Key terms of new CBA as voted on by NFL owners

The fans can adlust to a football season without the NFL. There is always H.S. football, college football, then the fans will have time to go to church on Sundays.

The only guys who cannot do without the NFL are the players and only some of the owners. I think some of the owners want out anyway, since a % of them don't make any money.

So players do you want to play or not, or just be cry babies the rest of your lives.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:25 am
 

Key terms of new CBA as voted on by NFL owners

"Player personal conduct policy remains the same and can be used to discipline players who violated it during the lockout." ...............................
uh oh

Too funny... if that's true there are going to be a lot of players paying some serious fines and/or getting suspended.  I predicted the league would demand they be allowed to discipline idiots that acted up during the lockout.  Player supporters on these boards said that was "impossible" since there was no CBA.  What people around here didn't realize is everything is possible and becomes reality if the union agrees with the league.

Where you gonna run now James Harrison??  LOL 



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:20 am
 

Key terms of new CBA as voted on by NFL owners

Seems like the players are getting a pretty good deal: Less OTA's, less full-contact practices, no 18-game schedule, will still only be 4 years until free agency, minimum amounts that teams have to spend, and increases for mimimum salaries each season



Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Key terms of new CBA as voted on by NFL owners

Crappy deal for the players. Same deal as the last except you're getting fewer $$$$$.

They should never agreed to the franchise tag because all is does is lower salaries!!!!!!! You have 3 years to get your money!!!!!! 



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Key terms of new CBA as voted on by NFL owners

Frankly, this sounds like one generous offer to me. I wish I worked for a company that was as generous. These players in the end, are employees. No one is foced to work if they do not like the terms, and for the life of me, this sure doesn't sound like onerous terms.


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