After extending the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement by 24-hours, the NFL and players’ union have extended it again, this time by seven days. This news was reported by Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network.
The two sides will take a break from negotiations over the weekend and will continue the federally mediated negotiations on Monday.
The extension was confirmed by Robbie Gould, the players’ union representative for the Chicago Bears.
According to La Canfora, this will be the final extension of the CBA. If there isn’t a new deal in place by Friday, there will be a desertification of the players’ union or a lockout.
The two sides had been negotiating a new CBA for over a week, and as the Thursday night deadline approached the two sides agreed to extend the deadline until Friday at midnight (ET).
Without a new CBA the NFL could lockout the players’ union. The union could also decertify and take their labor fight to court and sue the NFL for anti-trust law violations.
Major sticking points in the negotiations remain to be the addition of two extra regular season games, being pushed for by the NFL, and the revenue split. Currently, the players union receives roughly 60% of the estimated $9 billion league revenue, the owners are pushing for closer to a 50-50 split.