Each NFL team will now play 17 games, as agreed in the new collective bargaining agreement. Below is a summary of the key terms of a proposed renegotiation of collective agreements between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, as Announced by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network on Thursday. The current active agreement was ratified in 2020 and covers the 2030 season and includes changes in the league`s revenue distribution, increases in player benefits and improvements in health and safety, and an increase in the regular season to 17 games played and increased limits for active executives and training teams. In the last CBA, negotiated in 2011, the agreement stated that the player`s share should be at least 47 per cent on average over the next ten years. This time, players will receive 48 percent guaranteed from 2021. It can increase to 48.5, which the NFL estimates will increase players by $5 billion over the next 10 years. In the 2020 agreement, a 17th regular-season game for teams can be added to the NFL`s game plan either during the 2021, 2022 or 2023 NFL season and the playoffs will be extended from 12 to 14 teams starting this season. After the owners voted to extend the playoffs on April 2, 2020, playoff teams will go from 12 to 14 teams, with six Wild Card playoff games instead of four and two teams receiving first-round playoff byes instead of four.  The preseason is reduced from four games to three in seasons with 17 regular season games.  After the players won the Mackey case in court, the NFLPA and the owners agreed on a new CBA that introduced a new system of refusal and compensation to replace the De Rozelle rule.  The new system still limited the free agency of players.  In the court`s decision, it was stated that compensation for draft choices was to be awarded on the basis of salaries received by outgoing independent agents.  The 1977 agreement significantly improved some medical and retirement benefits for players and achieved a neutral reconciliation of all player/club disputes.
 Based on the progress made since the 2011 agreement and enhanced cooperation between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, a new collective bargaining agreement is in place until the 2030 season. The NFL and NFL Players Association did not need a lockout or strike to develop a new collective bargaining agreement. After the NFLPA voted by a narrow majority in favor of the planned collective bargaining agreement, a new CBA was finally put in place, which will continue until the 2030 season.