While the current collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association does not end, both sides are not stopped to discuss a new agreement.
Both sides have had preliminary discussions for several weeks now, but a New York Times report said Tuesday that the NFL is trying to conclude the discussion before the current agreement expires – moving to another labor war and avoiding lock-outs.
The last time the CBA was reviewed in 2011, the leagues locked out the parties for four months.
“I hope it's earlier rather than later,” Roger Goodell, the N.F.L. commissioner, reporters last week said. “I think that all the parties have great value, and more importantly our fans, that we get to grips with this issue and move on.” T
Driving the negotiations is a unique moment in which the needs of the league and the players association are coming together. The NFL is feeling the pressure of expiry of media contracts and, while not necessary, the non-expired CBA goes a long way to securing higher television markets.
The players are also encouraged to complete the discussion and their president, Eric Winston, is still in office, and there is no risk of leadership during the negotiations. Winston, who won the third term last year, will be president through March 2021.
The Irish Times also reported that the players expect a “modest increase” in their share of total income after a little less during the final negotiations.
This may arise when the media negotiations begin.