New CBA projected to include a 7 team playoff format

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NFL owners approved the terms of a potential new collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association, the league said in a statement following the owners' meeting in NY on Thursday.

According to the report, league sources indicated to ESPN that the proposal would have seven teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs, up from six.

This system eliminates the benefit teams get for earning the No. 2 seed, relegating them to wild-card weekend. "It would go into effect this upcoming season", Schefter wrote.

The change will mean six games in the opening playoff weekend, and the Washington Post reported that one postseason contest might be played on Monday night.

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There's been more disagreement about adding a 17th game to the regular season. One concession is that the preseason will be shortened to three games per team, sources said.

Under the National Football League proposal, the players' portion of revenue would increase from 47% to 48% under a 16-game schedule and increase to $48.5 under a 17-game format.

The Packers have made the postseason during nine of the last 11 seasons.

NFL.com reported owners are going to meet Thursday in NY "to discuss the status of labor negotiations with the NFL Players Association (and). players will discuss the owners' proposal via conference call on Friday". If two-thirds of the membership approves the CBA, it will be sent for approval to all the league's players, where a simple majority would ratify a new labor deal. With more Wild Card teams, there is potential for squads with losing records to end up in the postseason.

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