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New York Giants news, 2/21: New CBA takes big step forward

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New CBA moves closer

A big step toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was taken Thursday when owners agreed to a plan negotiated with the NFL Players Association. Players have yet to vote on the plan.

Here is the statement from the NFL:

​​​​​​Following more than ten months of intensive and thorough negotiations, the NFL Players and clubs have jointly developed a comprehensive set of new and revised terms that will transform the future of the game, provide for players – past, present, and future – both on and off the field, and ensure that the NFL’s second century is even better and more exciting for the fans.

The membership voted today to accept the negotiated terms on the principal elements of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Players Association would also need to vote to approve the same terms for there to be a new agreement.

Since the clubs and players need to have a system in place and know the rules that they will operate under by next week, the membership also approved moving forward under the final year of the 2011 CBA if the players decide not to approve the negotiated terms. Out of respect for the process and our partners at the NFLPA, we will have no further comment at this time.

Per USA Today, the basic pieces of the deal owners have agreed to are:

– A 17-game schedule, which always has been a stumbling block in talks with the NFL Players Association. More roster spots per team would be a must for the players.

– A reduction of the preseason.

– A higher share of revenues for the players; the current number is 47 percent.

Expanded playoffs appear to be coming, with or without player approval.

There is reportedly a players conference call about the new CBA on Friday. Per, “The CBA, if agreed to by the players, could go into effect in time for the new league year on March 18, potentially altering the salary cap and state of free agency.”

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