The NFL Players associated announced Sunday that its members ratified the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement by a vote of 1,019-959. It was close — the vote needed a simple majority to pass. Players were allowed to vote online until 10:59 p.m. Saturday.
It clears the way for an extra playoff team starting in 2020 — the No. 1 seed will be the only one to get a postseason bye — and a 17-game regular season as soon as 2021.