NFL increases play-off spots to 14 in drastic new reforms

NFL increases play-off spots to 14 meaning more than 40% of teams will reach the post-season… and the regular season could be expanded to 17 games in 2021

  • The NFL reforms see an increase in play-off teams from 12 to 14 for 2020 
  • That would mean six wildcard games, with only two franchises receiving a bye 
  • A proposal for 2021 would see the number of regular season games go up to 17
  • The new measures were voted on in the new collective bargaining agreement  

NFL players have voted to approve a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that will expand the play-off field and allow owners the option to lengthen the regular season, the NFL Players’ Association said on Sunday. 

Terms of the new CBA will increase the play-off field to 14 teams from 12 for the 2020 season – meaning 43.75 per cent of franchises will reach the post season – and will give owners the option to expand the regular season to 17 games from 16 as early as 2021. 

This means that there will be six wildcard games and just two franchises will receive a first-round bye – the players voted to approve ratification by a vote tally of 1,019 to 959. 

The new NFL reforms see the number of play-off teams increased from 12 to 14 

‘We are pleased that the players have voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will provide substantial benefits to all current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on player safety, and give our fans more and better football,’ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

The new 10-year labour deal extends through the 2030 season and offers increased compensation for every minimum-salary player, or about 60% of the NFL. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the drastic new reforms on Sunday 

Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams would have benefited this year from the extra play-off spot 

Adding one regular season game for each of the NFL’s 32 teams had been one of the more divisive elements of the deal and a number of prominent players considered it a health risk.

‘We understand and know that players have been split on this deal, including members of our EC,’ the NFLPA Executive Committee said in a statement.

‘Going forward, it is our duty to lead, however we may feel as individuals, to bring our men together and to continue to represent the interests of our entire membership.’

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