ESPN's Chris Mortenson is reporting some very specific potential parameters for a new NFL CBA deal. This report gives me hope that a new deal could be on the horizon, because as mentioned these are very specific points.
- Players will receive 48 percent of all revenue and will never dip below a 46.5 percent take of the money. (currently about 53 percent with all the cuts off the top)
- Owners still will get some expense credits that will allow funding for new stadium construction.
- 18-game season designated only as a 'negotiable item' is mandated in a potential agreement.
- When projected revenues double to $18 billion annually, retired players will receive additional benefits.
- A rookie wage scale will be part of the deal, but it is currently being "tweaked".
- A new 16-game Thursday night TV package beginning in 2012 will be the source of new revenue.
Negotiations between players and the league are expected to commence again tomorrow and contiue through the week.