With so many other sports starting up once again, it was only a matter of time before the NFL announced its 2020 season plans. Thankfully both the NFL and the players were able to agree to terms, and the 2020 season is set to go ahead. Here are the details that we know so far.
Deadline Pushed The Issue
Full squad training camps were due to meet on July 28, and it seems that the looming date forced everyone in the NFL to get their acts together. The team owners and players finally came to terms they were both happy with that would see the 2020 NFL season begin to take shape. It seems that football is definitely back on the menu in 2020, and the deal seems to please both players and franchises alike.
Approval By The NFLPA
The NFL Players Association endorsed a new proposal for the 2020 season. The union announced that the proposed plans were agreed with a 29-3 vote in favor. Concerns about the 2020 NFL season were up for debate, with money being the key issue. Players and franchises both want to get paid, but with limited funds and potentially reduced revenues, this was always going to be a difficult issue.
Ironing Out The Kinks
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league had been working with players and franchises to create detailed guidelines. These guidelines would cover everything from player, staff, and fan safety, to how much everyone is going to get paid.
Goodell explained that the thoughts and concerns of healthcare experts, as well as state health officials, were considered. The NFL announced that despite the challenges, it was committed to bringing a 2020 season that would culminate in a Super Bowl.
A Short-Term Agreement
The detail that reportedly brought both sides together was a commitment to keep the 2020 salary cap of $198.2 million in place. Any revenue losses suffered by franchises would be offset and spread between the 2021 and 2024 seasons.
The other key detail was the 2021 salary cap, which is understood to be reduced to no lower than $175 million. New TV deals may help reduce the sting, however. If the league ends early, players will receive full pay for the portion of the season they played in. Any lost wages are also guaranteed, but those payments will be offset. Those players who are unwilling to participate in the 2020 season are allowed to opt out but will receive a much-reduced salary.
Practice schedules were also a concern, with the players insisting upon a three-week period of acclimation before padded practice could begin. Players will be allowed to train for three weeks without pads, then they will have 14 days of padded drills between the 21st day of training and the regular season.
There had been questions of whether the 2020 NFL season would kick off or not, but now it seems everything is in order. Compromises have been made, but all with the goal of maintaining the long term future of franchises and players.