What The NFL CBA Proposal Could Mean For Football Bettors

  • Only two-thirds of a vote in favor of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) proposal is needed by both the NFL owners and the athletes for it to pass.
  • The NFL owners have held their vote and passed the CBA rules that will now be placed for player voting.
  • The CBA would remain active for 10 years before a new agreement is written up for another voting style approval.

NEW YORK – Thursday marked a majority vote of acceptance by NFL owners on new terms for the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

While it has been approved by owners, it still requires the players to vote before it can go into effect. Should the athletes agree to the CBA as well, it will be enacted on March 18.

The CBA Terms And How They Could Affect Betting On The NFL

Players are expected to vote on the new CBA proposal on Friday through conference calls. After the calls, 32 representatives will vote on behalf of the NFL athletes. Should that result in a two-thirds majority vote, one final vote would take place by individual players where a regular majority vote would seal the deal for the new CBA.

A statement released by the NFL read:

"Since the clubs and players need to have a system in place and know the rules that they will operate under by next week, the membership also approved moving forward under the final year of the 2011 CBA if the players decide not to approve the negotiated terms. Out of respect for the process and our partners at the NFLPA, we will have no further comment at this time."

The new CBA terms are very detailed. They make a lot of small changes that seem to pile up leading to an overall bigger change for the NFL.

Suspensions for testing positive for marijuana would no longer be a rule. In that same vein, marijuana testing would be limited to fewer players having to do undergo it.

Any money made by the leagues through betting on the NFL and Super Bowl would need to be portioned to give the athletes part of the profits being made from the betting market.

Other changes would be made to training camp which would be limited to 16 days in pads and a maximum of four joint practices when there are preseason schedules that consist of three games. NFL practice squads would grow bigger allowing for 14 players by 2022. Currently, squads consist of ten players.

Rosters would also see an increase from 53 to 55 players. Not only will more players be seen in practice and on the roster but more games could be happening also. The regular 16 game season would extend to 17 games that would likely occur in the 2021 schedule.

One problem with the agreement is with the tags. Under the new CBA terms, teams could only use one tag for the season; the franchise tag or the transition tag but not both.

This might pose a problem for franchises that were hoping to use both tags for the upcoming season. Teams like the Dallas Cowboys, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Tennessee Titans all were hoping to use both tags for their 2020 season.

Money is also a factor in the agreement. The threshold for funds would go from $15 million in year one to $17 million by year ten. This has franchises holding portions of contracts in escrow, rather than allowing for the entire guaranteed player contract.

While this rule is not big amongst players, details within the agreement would allow for the athletes to be paid bigger portions of their contracts should injuries or other issues arise where their deals have the potential of not being honored at all.

More money, more games, and more players are all factors that could affect sports betting and Super Bowl betting sites that offer odds on NFL games.

All of these things could potentially lead to an even bigger number of bets on football as all the key components for gambling on the NFL are expected to expand should the new CBA be voted in by the players. More football equals more bets, that’s all there is to it.

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