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More playoff teams expected under new NFL CBA, sources say

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Adam SchefterESPN Senior Writer6:45 PM ET2 Minute Read

If and when a new collective bargaining agreement is finalized -- and there is now mounting optimism it could be done sometime in the next week -- it is expected to change the NFL's playoff structure as it is currently constituted for next season, league sources told ESPN.

 
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Under the current CBA proposal that NFL owners are pushing for, the playoff field would be expanded to seven teams from each conference, while the regular season would be increased to 17 games per team and the preseason shortened to three games per team, sources said.

As part of the proposed playoff format, only one team from each conference would receive a first-round bye as opposed to the two that currently do, league sources said. That would mean a revised postseason schedule that includes six games on wild-card weekend, with three on Saturday and three on Sunday.

The changes to the NFL's playoff format would take effect for the 2020 season, assuming the new CBA is ratified beforehand. Had the proposed format been in place this past season, the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers would have been the next teams included in the playoff field.

"That's been agreed to for a long time," one source familiar with the CBA talks said about the NFL's new playoff structure. "There wasn't a lot of disagreement to that issue."

Additionally, the players on the teams that earn a first-round bye will receive postseason pay for that weekend. That was not the case under the current CBA, which has always rankled some players.

Now the sides are trying to work through the final issues, including getting the players to sign off on a 17-game regular season. That has yet to be agreed to, and would not take effect until 2021 at the earliest.

"The new CBA's not done, there's no term sheet yet, there still are issues being negotiated, but I'd be very surprised if there's not a new CBA for the new league year," the source said.

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I'm okay with those two changes, in fact I really like them.

I wonder why nothing has leaked about anything salary cap wise, such as a premium (usually QB) exemption for each team?

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not a fan of 17 game season. how do they split up home and away games? maybe extra game is neutral site game ie: mexico or London for every team??

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5 minutes ago, munchmemory said:

Too many garbage teams in the playoff already.  Hey, maybe instead of this new format, how about all teams make the playoffs except one in each division?

 

Get rid of conferences and just make a 16 team tournament.  The remaining teams will compete in FG Shoot Out and Goal Post Dunk Contest for draft order.

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1 minute ago, Skeet Ulrich said:

Maybe the Jets can make the playoffs this decade as the 7th seed

 

The 7th seed or the 7th Wild Card team?

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8 minutes ago, Barkus said:

not a fan of 17 game season. how do they split up home and away games? maybe extra game is neutral site game ie: mexico or London for every team??

Yes!  Every sunday will start with a 9AM game.  Then we can read countless articles about the mystery why the NBC game cant draw ratings.

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What a huge advantage for the #1 seed.  
they are going to move the Super Bowl to the sun before Presidents’ Day.  

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2 minutes ago, Joe Jets fan said:

What a huge advantage for the #1 seed.  
they are going to move the Super Bowl to the sun before Presidents’ Day.  

Eventually. This would only make for tripleheaders wild card weekend.

I think they really want an 18 game season but that's a non starter for the NFLPA. Baby steps, it'll get done by the end of the decade. If you're going to 17 you might as well go to 18.

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If they REALLY care about player safety that have to add another bye week

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Goodell and Manfred trying to outdumb/outasshole each other.

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Big for the cap 

‪More on the transformational CBA proposal now on the table, per sources: As part of the new deal, players go from 47% share under current deal to 48% share at 16 games, and then to 48.5% share if they go to 17 games, shifting $5 billion of revenue to players’ side.

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1 hour ago, Mogglez said:
 
 

Under the current CBA proposal that NFL owners are pushing for, the playoff field would be expanded to seven teams from each conference, while the regular season would be increased to 17 games per team and the preseason shortened to three games per team, sources said.

So Goodell has watched MLB circle the drain and decided that the NFL would also like to make their regular season overlong and worthless. Terrific.

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7 minutes ago, Barry McCockinner said:

Big for the cap 

‪More on the transformational CBA proposal now on the table, per sources: As part of the new deal, players go from 47% share under current deal to 48% share at 16 games, and then to 48.5% share if they go to 17 games, shifting $5 billion of revenue to players’ side.

If that is happenning sign JA now

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1 less pre season game given to 1 more regular game is fine with me. Might add to the importance of the pre season as guys only have the 3 games to make the roster.

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LOL

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Leave it to Goodell and the NFL to try their damndest to screw the golden goose.

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if the cba is signed, does that mean that players can be cut with post June 1st designation again? Meaning we could save split trumaines cap hit into future years?

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so now the nfl playoffs will be like the nba where sub 500 teams regularly get in.  total garbage.  what they really need to do is recognize that playing in the nfl is a 24/7-365 profession and pay the low guys more and let there be more organized team workouts.  it's not the old days when players had to get second jobs flipping burgers to make ends meet.

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1 hour ago, munchmemory said:

Too many garbage teams in the playoff already.  Hey, maybe instead of this new format, how about all teams make the playoffs except one in each division?

 

Somehow, I think the Jets would still manage to miss out on the playoffs more often than not.

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1 hour ago, Warfish said:

Both NFL and MLB stupidly looking to expand playoff qualifiers in cash grabs.

Dumb, dumb, dumb, makes the regular season product borderline worthless when half or more of the league makes the postseason.

OH, joy, everyone gets a participation trophy, how good for them. 

Its all about the money. Soon we will be having the Super Bowl in England or Mexico, the hell with the fans, as long as the NFL makes more money. Do you think the owners or Goodell care about the fans, it is obvious they don't.

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30 minutes ago, Agoldstein54 said:

if the cba is signed, does that mean that players can be cut with post June 1st designation again? Meaning we could save split trumaines cap hit into future years?

Yes unless something in the new one changes it

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Football will eventually go right up until Pitchers & Catchers report for Spring Training.  We'll see football in March at some point.

All these leaks are pro-Ownership and pro-Revenue at this point.  I'm just waiting to see what the players are getting for agreeing to play more games.  My guesses....

1. More revenue share

2. Less training camp and practice time

3. Relaxed recreational drug testing

4. Changes in how discipline is determined.

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So assuming the season still begins the Thursday after Labor Day, there will now be 18 weeks of football (each team with one bye). Do they move the Superbowl back one week or just drop the empty weekend between conference championships and superbowl?

Also, I assume each team's extra game will be one of those neutral site games. 

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5 hours ago, KRL said:

If they REALLY care about player safety that have to add another bye week

They would only give that if they get 18 regular season games.

Looks like the owners are throwing their billionaire mandingos on the table early, knowing they'll have to fork over more of the revenue share. Possibly lifetime health insurance and guaranteed contracts as well. Players will probably only get 2 out of 3.

But the owners are going to leverage an extra game in the season, and an extra game in the playoffs where there's a considerable spike in game revenue. It's their backdoor way of grabbing an extra game without having it be a regular season game. Owners are owners for a reason

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