The current Collective Bargaining Agreement, initially negotiated in 1993, has been extended on several occasions, most recently in March 2006.
NFL clubs voted unanimously in May 2008 not to extend the agreement beyond the 2010 season because their costs were rising faster than their revenues. The clubs are committed to negotiating a new agreement, for the 2011 season and beyond that will better serve the clubs, the players and most important, the fans.
What does this mean to fans and games on the field?
If there is no new agreement before March 5, 2010, the 2010 season will be played without a salary cap under rules that also limit the free agency rights of the players. In an uncapped year, there is also no minimum team payroll.
What are the issues?
The principal issue is ensuring that the agreement is structured in a way that provides incentives for the clubs to invest, innovate and improve the game for the benefit of the fans over the long term.
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