The current active agreement was ratified in 2020 and covers the 2030 season and includes changes in the league`s revenue distribution, increases in player benefits and improvements in health and safety, and an increase in the regular season to 17 games played and increased limits for active executives and training teams. Negotiations ended shortly before the deaths of teammates Alyssa Altobelli, Payton Chester, Gianna Bryant and Gianna`s father, WNBA fan Kobe Bryant, « #GirlDad » and basketball legend. Through their individual and collective passion, skill, experience, investment and commitment, each of these individuals has had and would have continued to positively influence, transform and develop our sport. The CBA agreed in 1993 was extended in 1998 by the agreement of the players and owners. This lasted until the 2002 season, when the CBA was extended until the 2006 season.  It wasn`t technically a topic of negotiation, but it wrapped itself in agreement: from next season, the playoff field will go from six teams per conference to seven, only the best seed of each conference deserving a week of Bye. The NFL and its players began negotiating after the players won the Freeman McNeil lawsuit against Plan B. The jury ruled on September 10, 1992, that Plan B was too restrictive under state antitrust law. The team owners then agreed to discuss the free agency for all players.  The NFLPA filed a class action on behalf of Reggie White, claiming that all NFL players should receive criminal damages because of the illegality of Plan B. The agreement provided for the payment of nearly $200 million in damages and depended on the creation of the NFLPA as a union and the signing of a new CBA that would include the terms of the dispute settlement process.   A seven-year CBA was signed in the spring of 1993, making it the first such agreement since 1987.
   The new CBA offered players unlimited free agency after playing four years in the league, subject to an exception for one player franchised per club after the first year of the new CBA. In return, the NFLPA accepted a salary cap based on an agreed percentage of revenue.  The agreement had a direct impact on players` salaries and increased salaries for the 1993 season by 38 per cent.  Approval of the agreement paves the way for significant changes in the league. According to the NFL, the new CBA includes the addition of two more teams to the 2020 campaign playoffs, plus an option to extend the regular season to 17 games in 2021. In November 1989, the 8th Court of Appeal ruled that team owners were exempt from federal cartel laws as long as players were properly represented by a union.  In the same year, the NFLPA decided as a union and stated that its union status offered more protection to owners than to players.  The NFL remained without a collective agreement until 1993. In 1968, the National Football League Players Association was recognized for the first time in writing by the owners of the National Football League.