Some of the background and media opinions from the 2020 NFL CBA discussions:
17 Game Schedule:
It will be inevitable to see increased games. I have been around to see the same talking points on both sides for the jump to 16 games, from 12, and also instituting a bye week. If the TV deals can increase and the financial side works, it will happen. It could mean adding another bye week to the mix.
Additional Playoff Game:
Personally, I am shocked it has not already taken place. The expanded the league twice without increasing the number. It means more revenue across the board and everyone sees money lining their pockets. I would not be shocked to see it move to 8 teams per league in the foreseeable future.
Increased Player Share:
Its a no brain talking point in union based negotiations and going 1% to 1.5% may not make waves, but over a ten year period with the projected growth it might mean another 1 to 3.5 billion in their pockets over what they would have received under old terms and conditions.
This is looking to be greatly overhauled in the next CBA. To the point, it looks to be on hold in 2020.
Other items I would like to see:
Reducing the burden of dead money on salary caps, or the ability to make cap designations (take them completely off the books) in a cyclic pattern (ie. one player in a three year cycle)
Discussions on lower salary burden on home grown players, a discount to the cap.