A brand new CBA has been agreed to by the players and the owners that will keep labor peace alive for another 11 years. How will it affect the Colts moving forward?
It was up to the players to approve the brand new CBA that the owners approved. They did so late last night as they were given until midnight to make their vote. Now the league will have 11 years of labor peace. But how does this agreement affect the Colts?
The biggest way it will affect the team is adding a 17th game to the regular season. That is the biggest piece of this new agreement. Adding that extra game means the Colts will have to keep themselves healthy later in the season if they want a shot at the playoffs.
Speaking of the playoffs, that’s another big piece of this agreement. There will now be 7 playoff teams per conference, meaning that only the best team in the AFC and NFC get first-week byes. This means that most teams will need to win three games just to get to the Super Bowl.
The increase in minimum salary will affect teams as well. The minimum salary is now up to $750,000, raising from $490,000 for rookies. That increase will be felt at first, but the salary cap will likely go up with increased TV money coming in.
All in all, the biggest way this affects Indianapolis is the same way it affects the other 31 teams; labor peace. That means that there will not be any issues in terms of a work stoppage. Both parties are happy with this agreement and they will reap the benefits for years to come.