Why Billions of TV Dollars Are at Stake as NFL Closes in on a New Labor Deal

Expanded regular season and playoffs could double the league’s TV money, experts say

The NFL is close to stiff-arming a major obstacle as it seeks to win billions of dollars from TV networks that crave professional football.

The league is at the goal line for a new collective bargaining agreement with its players, which would ensure labor peace for the next 10 years. Though it still needs to get approval from the players — which is far from guaranteed — the NFL is hopeful it can complete the new deal before it signs new TV contracts with its media partners.

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Tim Baysinger

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