The NFL’s next owners meeting will likely be a major catalyst for any major player movement to be made.
But for now, the league’s owners have decided to stay mum on any move to change the league.
That doesn’t mean the league isn’t actively considering a change, though, and the owners were asked if the owners are considering an all-out bid to move the NFL to a single-entity structure.
The owners were also asked about the league-wide investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case, and whether they are considering moving the league from the current collective bargaining agreement.
“It’s always important to look at every angle, and I don’t think it’s an easy conversation to have,” the league said in a statement.
“It’s also important to understand that every person in the league is a valued member of our organization and we are a very collaborative organization.
So I’m not going to go into specifics on the specifics of any discussion that we’re having.”
The NFL and the players union have been in talks for a number of years about a potential deal to make the league single-sport, with some teams being willing to pay $1 billion for the right to host a single game.
That deal has yet to come to fruition.
If the owners and NFLPA do decide to move forward with the idea of changing the league to a multi-sports structure, the next step will likely come in the form of a “play-in game,” in which the owners would pick the team that would play the NFL’s top-ranked team on Sunday night.
It’s an idea the league has discussed for years, and some in the players’ union have questioned whether the league should allow teams to play at a neutral site and still keep the top seed.
That option could be a long shot for the owners.
It would require the league moving from the previous collective bargaining agreements to the current CBA.
If a compromise is reached, it could be that the owners will move the game to a neutral venue, but with a team on the field playing the team from the bottom-ranked seed.
The NFL has also said that a game-play proposal would need to be voted on by the owners by the end of January, but the owners have refused to allow a vote on it until that point.
“This isn’t a simple process, and it’s not a simple vote,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in October.
“We’re going there to make it work.”
It remains unclear what would happen if the league decided to move to a new single-team structure, but if the players and owners could agree to a play-in-game format that would eliminate the need for the NFL and other major sports leagues to split the profits of their respective games, that would give the league more control over the amount of money the owners get.
“We’ve got to get back to a collective bargaining model where everybody can compete,” Goodell said.
“That’s what we’re trying to achieve.
And the idea that we would get back and have the league negotiate on a play in game model and then make it public as an option is something that I think we would all be in favor of.”
The league has already decided to go with a play game, with the teams playing each other in the playoffs on a Monday night, and that has led to some controversy.
It remains to be seen how the owners might feel about allowing a game to be played on a Sunday night if that is the only way to play in the postseason.