NFL players approve labor deal, including 17-game season

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes drops back to pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

NEW YORK (AP) — By a close vote, NFL players have approved a new labor agreement with the league that features a 17-game regular season.

It also includes higher salaries, increased roster sizes and larger pensions for current and former players.

The deal runs through the 2030 season.

It was accepted by the 32 team owners last month.

Ratification by membership of the NFL Players Association required a simple majority. There could be lasting resentment among union members, given how close the vote was.

Soon after the union announced the results, it began discussing with the league Wednesday’s planned opening of the 2020 NFL business season.

A delay is possible given league restrictions on travel as a safeguard against the new coronavirus.

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