What happens if the NFL and NFLPA don’t reach a new agreement on equipment regulations?
The NFL and the NFLPA reached an agreement Monday that will likely make it easier for players to get their equipment inspected.
The agreement will also provide a mechanism for owners to get more information on equipment before they’re allowed to sell them to fans, the league announced in a statement.
It also will give players more options when it comes to making purchases of equipment.
The NFLPA said the agreement “sets the stage for a smoother transition for our players, fans, teams and our league, while ensuring the long-term safety and health of all players and fans.”
The agreement was reached in response to concerns from players, owners and fans that the NFL is not fully protecting its players.
The deal is an important step toward the players wanting more transparency and the owners wanting to make sure their teams and players are protected from any potential safety risks, said NFL Players Association president DeMaurice Smith.
“We are pleased to see that the players are being given a greater degree of freedom to purchase equipment, while also creating a clear path for our teams and fans to get the information they need to make informed decisions about equipment,” he said in a written statement.
The owners also said they’re committed to getting the league’s safety program up to par, with the goal of reaching an agreement in 2019.