NFL Owners Agree on Proposed CBA, Players Yet To Vote
The end is in sight in the prolonged NFL lockout after owners voted 31-0 to accept a new proposed collective bargaining agreement. The lone team abstaining from a vote was the Oakland Raiders. The league is ready for the new league year to start Wednesday, July 27th, but only if the players agree on the CBA and recertify as a union. The NFL decided to cancel the Hall of Fame game between the Chicago Bear and St. Louis Rams scheduled for August 7th. If the players agree to the conditions, training camp can start as early as August 1st.
Details of the proposed CBA include a 10-year deal, through the 2020 season. Players would receive 48 percent of revenue in the first portion of the deal. Owners would abide by a $120 million salary cap, with team minimum spending at approximately $106.8 million. Veteran players would earn free agency after four seasons. Rookie contracts would be four years, with a team option for a fifth. Rookie salaries would be lower, with a cap on team spending for rookies. Training camps would start later, as well as eliminating full-contact two-a-day practices. And offseason team activities would be reduced from 14 to nine.
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