NFL owners approve negotiated terms for new labor agreement

NEW YORK (AP) - NFL owners voted to accept the negotiated terms for a new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday.

Mark Murphy, Packers President & CEO stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the Packers vs. Vikings game on Sept. 15 at Lambeau Field.

Now the onus is on the players, who have a conference call Friday.

With the league eager to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the players in the next few weeks - the current deal runs out in March 2021 - team representatives were summoned to New York to discuss the NFL's proposal.

Among the items in that proposal, according to several people familiar with the negotiations but speaking anonymously because they are not authorized to release such information:

- 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.

- Even an expansion of the playoffs, something the NFL has been seeking for years.

Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested back in 2015 that increasing the postseason field to seven teams in each conference was in the works. The owners could unilaterally add a wild-card team in the AFC and the NFC, but are willing to make such a move part of a new CBA.

Also being considered is a second bye week to go with a 17th game, although almost certainly not for the 2020 season. The expansion of the playoffs easily could occur this year, however.