In an attempt to see that we don’t have to go without NFL games on Thanksgiving Day of next year. The NFL and the NFLPA got together on Monday to discuss the details of a new collective bargaining agreement, and according to reports there was some progress made.
Supposedly the encouraging talks that took place were centered on the proposed 18 game regular season (which has been a key sticking point in negotiations) and reducing off-season workouts.
A proposal to extend the regular season by two games and reduce the preseason from four games to two was presented to the NFLPA a few weeks ago.
The NFLPA made a counteroffer in which they asked for more roster spots, (the players want three or four more), and fewer off-season workouts.
The NFL has only offered one additional roster spot and has yet to acknowledge the NFLPA’s request for fewer off-season workouts.
The NFLPA wants workouts reduced by about one-third from the 14 weeks currently allowed.
Players fear the opportunity for injuries is too high with so many off-season practices that include contact drills.
The players also want the practice squads retained, which is likely even if the regular season remains at 16 games. As of now, there are eight players on practice squads.
NFL owners opted out of the CBA back in 2008, and it expires on March 3. Little progress has been made on major issues during negotiations, the owners’ are still demanding that the players’ cut of designated revenues be restructured.
And so the story of the wealthy trying to get wealthier continues…………..
Check out Ray Lewis’ opinion on the 18 game regular season schedule and the likelihood of there being a lockout. Video