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Details Emerge From Proposed Agreement

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has several details from the proposed collective bargaining agreement that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is communicating to owners today in Chicago.

The report sheds some light on how the two sides will split over $9 billion in revenue, with Mortensen reporting that players would receive 48% of “all” revenue, which includes the $1 billion taken off the top by owners for operating costs.

Players had been receiving 53% of “all” revenue, and projected growth and mechanisms within the CBA would require owners to spend 90-93 percent of the salary cap is behind the players’ willingness to accept a 46.5%-48% take in the new CBA.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter adds that if and when the agreement is reached, players with four, five, and six accrued seasons are expected to be unrestricted free agents.

Other items in the new CBA that Goodell is discussing include a “rookie wage scale” that is still be worked on, an 18-game regular season schedule that’s designated as a “negotiable item”, and beginning in 2012, a 16-game Thursday night television schedule as a way to increase revenue.

Goodell and the league’s labor committee needs 24 of 32 owners to approve a new collective bargaining agreement, though no vote is expected to take place this week.

The league and players are expected to resume negotiations on Wednesday in the Boston, John Clayton adds to the report.

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