The deal comes at a time when the spread of the coronavirus has led to the suspension of the other major sports, and the NFL will likely push back the 2020 NFL Draft as a result. With the new changes in place, however, the league is set up to have a strong season when professional sports resume. The NFL is king, and it’s set up to be for another decade, too. NFL players approved a new collective bargaining agreement Sunday, and that will have drastic impact on the regular season, playoffs and more in upcoming seasons. The new agreement passed by a narrow 1,019-959 vote and is sure to generate polarizing reactions for players in the coming day. After all, Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson were among the star players who were not in favor of the new agreement. In the end, the NFLPA passed the deal. Our statement on the CBA vote: pic.twitter.com/3pXydLLQ9c— NFLPA (@NFLPA) March 15, 2020According to ESPN.com, the players’ share of revenue increases from 47% to 48% in 2021 and will be at least 48.5% in any season with 17 regular-season games. That 17-game schedule is among the big changes in store for fans. How will NFL implement 17 games? NFL teams have played 16 games since 1978. Since 1990 (with two exceptions), the NFL has run a 17-week schedule. The NFL now has the option to go to 17 games, a likely scenario that will happen between 2021-23. The quirks are half the league will play nine home games and the other half nine road games each season. That rotation will have to be worked out, and there is a chance the league could add a second bye week. College football had two weeks for teams in 2018. The preseason likely will be trimmed to three games when a 17-game schedule is implemented. Why did the players vote on more games? The 48 1/2 percent share outweighed the concern for player safety. The close vote likely be a source of contention in the coming days. Around 500 players didn’t even vote on the new CBA smh— Marlon Humphrey (@marlon_humphrey) March 15, 2020In the end, the 17-game schedule should help the league leverage more money in television deals with the major networks over the next 10 years. ESPN.com reports the players’ share could increase to as much as 48.8 percent if the league’s television revenue increases by 120 percent. With an extra game, that extra money is possible. Especially with the new playoff format. Is new playoff format a good thing? The new CBA also expanded the playoff field from 12 to 14. The NFL expanded the playoff field from 10 to 12 teams in 1990, and that format has worked for the most part. The 14-team format is in effect for the 2020 season, and it will add a third wild card game in each conference. Is this beneficial? Teams such as the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers would have made the postseason in 2019. It means wild-card weekend will have two more games — one in each conference. Those six games should make for huge TV ratings knowing the NFL is a single-elimination tournament. It means 8-to-10 wins should be good enough to make the playoffs depending on the numbers: If the newly proposed playoff system were in place the last 10 years we would have added:• five 10-win teams• nine 9-win teams• six 8-win teamsThe team helped the most (by far) would have been the Steelers who would have made 4 more playoff trips & 10/10 the last 10 yrs. pic.twitter.com/VYWn7xBpID— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) February 20, 2020It makes the regular season better on a few levels. The No. 1 seed in each conference will still get a bye week, and that will be a coveted spot knowing that only have seven wild-card teams have won the Super Bowl. There are concerns that the playoffs might be watered down, but the excitement generated with an extra playoff team will outweigh that over time — just like it did in 1990. What is the new salary cap? The salary cap increased to almost $200 million. So the salary cap for 2020 is 198.2 million.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2020Minimum salaries for players also were increased across the board: → Salary Cap: $198.2M→ Post 6/1 Dead $ Rule returns→ 30% contract rule is eliminated→ Teams may use only one tag→ 12-Man P-Squad($8.4k in 2020)→ New Min. Salaries610|675|750|825|910|1050— Spotrac (@spotrac) March 15, 2020The NFL did keep the franchise tag for all positions in the new collective bargaining agreement. Roster sizes have been increased from 53 to 55, and practice squads will have more players. How does drug testing change? In short, players who test positive for marijuana will not be suspended. The NFL relaxed its drug testing policy with the new CBA. The number of players subject to testing will be decreased, and the window for testing will be expanded. According to USA Today, the level of THC required for a positive test also increases. The deal also increases the level of THC that qualifies as a positive test, from 35 nanograms of carboxy THC per milliliter of urine to 150, and reduces penalties — including the elimination of suspensions — for players who test positive. However, a DUI will result in a three-game suspension and performance-enhancing drugs are still subject to league punishment. Why this works The NFL now has 10 years of labor peace in a time where it is the dominant sport in the United States. The increased revenue will make the league stronger, and the continued focus on player safety will be key in the next decade.