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NFL Owners Accept New CBA Proposal Amid Buzz of 17-Game Season, Playoff Changes – Bleacher Report, Bleacher Report

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The NFL is one step closer toward getting a new collective bargaining agreement after the league’s owners accepted the terms of the latest proposal.

In a memo from the league obtained by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL announced its membership “voted to accept terms on the principal elements of a new collective bargaining agreement.”

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Here is the memo that the NFL has accepted the terms of the new proposed CBA: https://t.co/yRYZc3anSB

Per ESPN’s Dan Graziano , the next step in the process will include a vote on the CBA proposal by NFL Players Association player reps during a conference call Friday. If at least two-thirds of the reps approve the terms of the new CBA, it will move to a full player vote.

Per Schefter , Thursday’s vote with all team owners was unanimously approved.

The initial agreement comes in the wake of (Schefter) reporting the proposed CBA would expand the playoff field from six to seven teams in each conference and increase the regular-season schedule to games.

The proposed – game schedule wouldn’t be in place until if the CBA is approved.

Per Mark Maske of The Washington Post , the league will “probably” move forward with the expanded playoffs regardless of the CBA vote since the owners don’t believe they need player approval for that change.

NFLPA president Eric Winston tweeted after the league’s vote that “no deal is finalized until the players vote.”

Eric Winston @ ericwinston

There has been a flood of information on the potential of a new cba. To our players: your player leadership has been working tirelessly. This is a business deal and no deal is finalized until the players vote.

The NFL’s current playoff format with six teams in each conference has been the norm since 2021. The new format would give only the team with the best record in each conference a bye into the divisional round and deliver six games during Wild Card Weekend.

The NFL’s active collective bargaining agreement was signed in July , ending a four-month lockout. The – – year pact runs through the season.

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