NFL players approve new collective bargaining agreement

NFL players voted to approve a new CBA with the league’s owners, which will be in effect through at least 2030.

After the league’s owners voted in February to approve the deal, the players’ approval was all that remained in order to secure the new collective bargaining agreement.

The vote to approve the new CBA required a majority of the players voting. The vote was a close one, at 1019-959. The 10-day voting period concluded at 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday. Any player who paid NFLPA dues during the past calendar year was eligible to vote. Before the voting, the NFLPA estimated that roughly 2,500 players were eligible to vote.

Changes to the new collective bargaining agreement includes an expanded playoff field, effective in 2020 and a 17-game regular season, which will be put into effect as soon as 2021. It also includes higher minimum salaries, improved benefits for current and former players, expanded rosters and practice squads and changes to the league’s discipline policies. All of these rule changes will go into effect in the 2020 season.