After nearly four hours of meeting between representatives of the players’ union and members of the NFL negotiating committee on Tuesday in Indianapolis, many questions remained unsolved.
They met to discuss in depth their differences regarding the new labor agreement approved by the owners last week. Both parties left the hotel without comment, only the NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said: “The meeting is only over and out of respect for the process, we will not comment further on this occasion.”
Members of the NFL Player Association executive committee voted 6-5 against the contract on Friday, and all 32 player representatives postponed any action while waiting for a meeting with the league. Those representatives must also vote before all NFLPA members do.RELATED
That could happen this week, but there are still issues between both parties. The current agreement expires in March 2021, but the owners want to reach a new contract as soon as possible. That would allow them to seek new and more lucrative transmission rights, with a decade of guaranteed labor.
But the players do not seem in a hurry to approve the new agreement that has been the result of 10 months of negotiations between the parties. In fact, many representatives intended to negotiate more last Friday.
The hottest thing is the 17 week season. For years the players have been firmly against it – it goes back to the 2011 strike that ended with the current agreement. Mainly, players have cited security reasons for not extending the regular campaign.
Among the changes that some players would like to see, according to sources: an increase in the distribution of earnings, an improved pension and possible improvements in working conditions.
The proposal also offers a 90 thousand increase in the minimum wage, increase payments during the low season, expand pension eligibility, a limit of 16 days in the training camp and a mandatory improvement in equipment locker rooms. visitors
The postseason expansion by adding a team per conference is not a matter of negotiation, but the owners prefer to have a new labor agreement, before establishing it. However, it could happen for next season; The NFL has discussed a playoff of 14 teams for years, and Commissioner Roger Goodell since 2014 has talked about what will happen at some point.