For current players, the agreement offers unprecedented financial benefits, as well as health and safety protection, both now and in the long term. After the players won the Mackey case in court, the NFLPA and the owners agreed on a new CBA that introduced a new system of refusal and compensation to replace the De Rozelle rule.  The new system still limited the free agency of players.  In the court`s decision, it was stated that compensation for draft choices was to be awarded on the basis of salaries received by outgoing independent agents.  The 1977 agreement significantly improved some medical and retirement benefits for players and achieved a neutral reconciliation of all player/club disputes.  After playing the first two games of the season in 1987, the players went on strike for free agencies.  In response to the strike, the team owners took replacements and continued the regular season after a week. Several well-known players, including Joe Montana, Lawrence Taylor and Tony Dorsett, crossed the picket lines to reintegrate their teams with these new replacements.   On October 15, players voted to end the strike and file a complaint against the restrictions imposed by the free agency in the courts.  In January 1988, Justice David Doty sided with the players and ruled that the non-protection of the first restrictions on refusal and compensation of free agents was not protected by the work exemption from antitrust laws.  But in July 1988, Doty refused to issue an injunction that exempted players from the restrictions and ruled that the Federal Norris-LaGuardia Act prevented the courts from issuing injunctions in labour disputes.  He called on both parties to return to the negotiating table in preparation for an antitrust process.  The terms of the lab agreement were immediately condemned by some of the NFL`s best-known stars, including Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Houston Texan defensive J.J.
Watt and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. All three players tweeted that they would vote in favor of rejecting the deal. After the NFLPA voted by a narrow majority in favor of the planned collective bargaining agreement, a new CBA was finally put in place, which will continue until the 2030 season. The deal contains a number of important changes – including a 17th regular-season game and an expanded playoff field – that will mark the NFL in the next 10 years. Below, you`ll find all the CBA coverage by The Ringer about how it will affect the league and its players, and much more. In 1982, after the first two games of the season, NFL players went on strike again in an attempt to achieve a guaranteed percentage of the club`s and the league`s revenues.  This strike lasted 57 days, making it the longest work stoppage in NFL history at that time.  The strike ended with an interim agreement on 16 November, which included funds to cover the shortfall in players` wages during the work stoppage.  Negotiators signed a new collective agreement on December 5. The agreement improved player benefits by introducing a new severance pay, increasing the minimum wage for players every year of service and adding new medical rights for players. The agreement also included a revised 1982 season plan, which had a nine-game regular season and a new playoff format that allowed 16 of the league`s 28 teams to qualify for the playoffs.
 In addition, the agreement included the owners` guarantee that players would receive at least $1.6 billion in wages and benefits for the five-year term of the new contract.  The CBA agreed in 1993 was renewed in 1998 by the agreement of the players and owners.