Player reps not voting on NFL labor deal; more talks Tuesday

Rain drops are seen on the NFL logo on padding of a goal post at M&T Bank Stadium during the first half of NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Baltimore. The Ravens won 20-17. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL player representatives have decided not to vote on a new labor deal approved by team owners.

The union instead will meet with league negotiators at the scouting combine in Indianapolis next Tuesday.

The union’s executive committee voted 6-5 Friday to recommend rejecting the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement that NFL owners approved Thursday.

Initially, the league hoped the players would rapidly match their acceptance of the negotiated terms.

That did not happen though the player reps and the full union membership could vote next week.

Objections to an expanded regular season are considered the main stumbling block to player approval.

The current labor deal expires in March 2021.

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