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NFL Players Vote to Approve New Collective Bargaining Agreement

It was announced this morning that the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement has been approved by a narrow margin of voting players. The difference was only 60 out of 1978 total votes.

Some provisions will be effective immediately, such as the revised playoff format. Other changes, primarily the 17-game , will not take effect until 2021.

As indicated by the slim victory margin, this news is likely not welcome by a large contingent of NFL players. But for the NFL fan, it means football should continue without interruption for the next decade.

The 2020 will now feature an extra team in each conference. Only the top seed in each conference will receive a first-round bye.

Beginning in 2021 there will now be a 17th regular-season game and only three games. Teams will get an extra week off between preseason and the start of Week One.

Another major change is to the NFL's drug policy around , which drastically reduces the and testing mandates for usage. This should be effective immediately.

There are many other changes relative to roster sizes, player pensions, and so on. The key takeaways today are the changes to the playoff format and drug policy. This means an additional opportunity to make the postseason and an easier road for players who struggle with marijuana use, both of which are highly relevant to the .

The biggest takeaway of all, though, is that we won't have to worry about a lockout in 2021. The is now approved and we can look forward, hopefully, to the usual routine of NFL activity,

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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