If the players participating in the Pro Bowl are a true representation of the rest of the league, NFL owners are going to have a fight on their hands during negotiations to potentially add a 17th regular-season game to a new collective bargaining agreement.
Only a few of the players polled at Pro Bowl practices at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports this week were receptive to the idea of a 17th game, with most against the idea because of safety concerns.
Defensive end Calais Campbell, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ union rep, said he’s talked to a lot of players over the past several months and his feeling is that the 17th game could be the biggest sticking point in CBA negotiations and it’s going to take a lot of haggling to make it work.
The current collective bargaining agreement between NFL players and owners expires after the 2020 season.
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