ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that negotiations between the NFL and the NFL Players Association to extend the current collective bargaining agreement could begin within the next six months.
The current CBA is set to expire in 2021.
Mortensen says the NFL is looking to be able to negotiate new TV contracts and stadium credits, while the players are looking for a larger share of growing NFL revenue and better benefits.
NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith said last week there haven’t been any serious discussions with the NFL about a CBA extension up to this point.
“There really aren’t any,” Smith said, via ESPN.com. “Right now, you have two sides. We have a number of years until the collective bargaining agreement is up. We might have conversations with the league, but, up to this point, nothing substantial.”
The Player’s Union has begun telling players that they need to be prepared for a potential lockout after the 2020 season.
Smith said they’re preparing players for the possibility, but this doesn’t mean that a lockout is inevitable.
“Look, the best preparation for a war is when you never have to fight,” Smith said. “But it doesn’t mean you don’t have to prepare for one.”
We’ll have more regarding CBA negotiations as the news is available.