NFL owners and NFL Players Association representatives could vote on the proposed new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by the end of the week, reports Dan Graziano of ESPN.
All 32 owners are scheduled to attend a meeting Thursday in New York City, while the NFLPA reps have a conference call arranged for Friday. Approval on a new CBA requires three-fourths of the owners and two-thirds of the player reps to vote yes.
The NFL and NFLPA have met several times in an effort to hammer out a new agreement before the 2020 league year begins in mid-March. The existing CBA will expire after the upcoming campaign.
The greatest sticking point between the NFL and NFLPA has been the owners' insistence on adding a 17th regular-season contest. The proposed CBA would give the NFL an option to expand the regular season by one game at some point between 2021 and 2023.
In exchange for the 17th game, owners have offered players a greater revenue share, changes to the league's drug policy, and revisions to its disciplinary procedures.