The sports news got a little back to normal on Sunday. The NFL players approved the CBA proposal. Major League Baseball is making decisions on what to do about spring training. I published a new episode of the podcast that I think you will like.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
The NFLPA passed the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement 51.5% to 48.5%. The New agreement is for ten years. That means things change for the 2020-21 season.
– The salary cap will be $198.2 million for the 2020 season. That is an increase of $10 million.
– The regular season could increase from 16 to 17 games. The preseason would shrink to three games from its previous four. This change cannot go into effect in the 2020 season and likely won’t be implemented for the 2021season. That’s because the new broadcast contracts will start with the 2022 season and the extra game would fit in nicely with the new contracts. There is no decision yet on how the league will determine who gets the extra home game.
– Practices will be different once the 17 game season starts. The number of padded practices will drop from 28 to 16. There will be a bye week between the third preseason game and the first regular season game. Once the season begins, teams are limited to 14 padded practices, 11of which must be held during the first 11 weeks of the season.
– The Numbers off playoff teams in each conference will increase from six to seven. Only the division winner with the best overall record will get a bye. The other six teams will all play in the first round.
– Teams cannot use both the franchise tag and the transition tag this season. They can only use one.
– The player minimum salary increases by $100,000.
– The game day active roster will increase to 48 players. It must have a minimum of eight offensive linemen.
– Players will not be subject to suspension for positive marijuana tests.
– Baseball agent Scott Boras said that he thinks the best place for baseball players right now is at spring training. He mentioned that the health care is better there. He also likes the isolation they have to prepare for the season whenever it gets started.
– Major League Baseball sent a memo to clubs saying that minor league players should return to their off-season residences to the extent possible. Clubs should assist those who are unable to go home.
– Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was hired by Iona as its new head coach.
PODCAST: In the Sunday episode, I discussed the NFLPA’s vote to accept the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Kansas’ response to the NCAA’s allegations, and more.
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