With talks ongoing about how the NFL would be affected by the prospect of the Covid-19 outbreak, there is a bit of good news coming Sunday. A new CBA has been agreed, so the possibility of a work stoppage is no longer on the table, for now. The new deal is set to last until 2030, and it includes a few new things in it. First and foremost, the ideas to expand the schedule to 17 games and the addition of two playoff teams- one from each conference- are in it.
The players are said to have given up a bit in playing the extra game, but they also get more of a chance to make the postseason now. On top of that, the rosters have been expanded, the minimum salary has been hiked up, and players will get more of a share of the total revenue. Plus, it looks like the salary cap is going to go up for next season, further helping teams to make roster moves. One way teams are affected, though, is that they can only place a franchise tag on one player, rather than two, leaving some clubs with a lot of hard decisions to make. The deal barely passed, but it did so, and that is all that matters in this case.