The NFL and the NFLPA have reached a new collective bargaining agreement which brings big changes to the game as early as 2021.
The new changes may not go into effect until at least 2021, but the CBA will be effective through 2030. Big changes include a shorter preseason with a 17-game regular season. Two additional teams will now make the playoffs from each conference, with only one team in each conference getting a first-round bye. There will be a total of 6 games in the first week of the playoffs.
Players, of course, will make more money with minimum salaries rising and players will get a larger percentage of revenue.
Specifics for the 17-game regular season haven’t been hashed out yet, so the new rule may not go into effect until 2022.