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NFL, PLAYERS AGREE TO ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF CURRENT CBA
Published December 20, 1995
The NFL Management Council and NFLPA agreed yesterday on terms for extending the current collective bargaining agreement for one year through 2000, with options for two additional seasons after that, according to this morning's ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. Len Pasquarelli reports the "tentative agreement" came less than a day after reps from both sides said the negotiations were "close to collapse." The extension must still be ratified by a three-quarters vote of NFL clubs and a majority vote of union members. While the "increased stability" will aid owners in network TV negotiations when current broadcast rights deals expire after the '97 season, Pasquarelli writes, "It is the players who seem to benefit more" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 12/20). DETAILS: Either side can cancel the extension through 2000 by December 1, 1997 -- though that is flexible depending on TV talks. The 2001 extension can be killed by Dec. 1, 1998 (USA TODAY, AP/Mult., 12/20). More: -- For '96, the players' share of "defined gross revenue" (gate receipts, local and national radio and TV contracts, etc.) will increase from 62% to 63% -- a salary cap increase of about $700,000 per team. -- The status of '99 changes from an uncapped year to remaining under the cap. In exchange, the players get the years required for free agency for that year reduced from six to four. 2000 will also be capped. The final option year, 2002, will be uncapped with six-year free agency. REAX: NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw: "It makes sense to extend the agreement. The fans, the players and the clubs want to see the games on the field, not in the courtroom or on the picket line. This extension should create more stability for the franchises, something everyone wants" (AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/20). 49ers President Carmen Policy, on the "uncapped spendfest" that was to be '99: "This is an opportunity to salvage 1999, which was unsalvageable under the present system" (USA TODAY, 12/20).