The CBA agreed in 1993 was extended in 1998 by the agreement of the players and owners. This lasted until the 2002 season, when the CBA was extended until the 2006 season.  N.F.L. players have approved a new 10-year employment contract that will include the first major expansion of the N.F.L. season in more than 40 years. To allay players` concerns about the agreement extending the length of the season, the owners agreed to eliminate a pre-season game and limit the number of padded drills that can be maintained during training camp. Players receive one week after the third and final pre-season game. Two other teams qualify for the postseason, increase to seven per conference and eliminate a week for second-place teams in the A.F.C. and N.F.C.
and means bonus cheques for more players. In a close vote, which was not attended by some 500 union members, NFL players agreed to a new employment contract with the league. He has a regular season with 17 games, higher salaries, higher service table sizes and higher pensions for current and former players. In the 2020 agreement, a 17th regular-season game for teams can be added to the NFL`s game plan either during the 2021, 2022 or 2023 NFL season and the playoffs will be extended from 12 to 14 teams starting this season. After the owners voted to extend the playoffs on April 2, 2020, playoff teams will go from 12 to 14 teams, with six Wild Card playoff games instead of four and two teams receiving first-round playoff byes instead of four.  The preseason is reduced from four games to three in seasons with 17 regular season games.  The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is an employment contract that reflects the results of collective bargaining between the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and the National Football League (NFL) (the commissioner and the 32 team owners). The employment contract classifies the league`s revenue distribution, sets health and safety standards, and defines benefits, including pensions and medical benefits, for all NFL players. The first collective bargaining agreement was concluded in 1968, after NFLPA players decided to go on strike to increase wages, pensions and benefits for all players in the league.