New England Patriots

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: A detailed view of the NFL logo on the field during the NFL game between Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

Just days before the NFL new league year, the league has passed a new collective bargaining agreement.

Changes in the new deal that are of interest to fans include a 17th regular season game and one extra playoff team in each conference. Meanwhile, players across the league will see an increase in pay, as well as more medical assistance both during and after their careers.

The deal passed by an incredibly narrow margin, with 1019 players voting for it and 959 voting against it. There was some speculation in the days leading up to the voting deadline it would not pass.

NFL teams have reportedly been hesitant to sign contracts with their pending free agents due to the uncertainty surrounding the CBA. With the deal in place, expect there to be a frenzy of news today with the legal tampering period just 24 hours away.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at