One of the most major aspects of the NFL's proposed new collective bargaining agreement is the switch to a 17-game regular season schedule. This change could go into effect as early as the 2021 season.
As part of expanding the regular season, the league had to figure out how to handle players receiving an extra game check. Under current NFL rules--established for a 16-game schedule--a player's game check is 1/17th of his base salary.
For the new 17-game slate, players will receive an extra check, but with a twist. It will be for no more than $250,000, according to NFL.com's Tom Pelissero.
If that's the case, the highest-paid players in the league will be getting fleeced out of some money. For instance, if your base salary is $10 million per year, instead of an extra game check worth over $580,000, you'll be capped at a quarter-million.
Sure, 250 grand isn't chump change, but it is somewhat surprising that the NFL players would agree to these terms.
The league's owners are hoping to have the new CBA ratified and agreed upon by the start of the league year on March 18.
The new CBA will begin in 2021.