Industry Shorts: NFL, Italian Football Federation – Sport Industry Group

NFL players have signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the league, which will last until the end of the 2030 campaign and will also pave the way for an extended season.

The agreement, which was passed by NFL players by 1,019 votes to 959, will see the addition of two more teams to the playoffs in the 2020 season and will also include an option to increase the regular season to 17 games starting in 2021.

The deal also increases minimum salaries, performance-based pay and player revenue.

Italian football teams have begun crowdfunding in an effort to tackle the coronavirus crisis in the country.

Clubs such as AS Roma, Inter Milan and Juventus have set up crowdfunding pages to raise money to help local hospitals and fund research into the disease.

Meanwhile, the President of the Italian football federation will call for EURO 2020 to be postponed  when UEFA meets to discuss the crisis. The move would allow national federations to complete their league seasons during the summer. Currently, EURO 2020 is scheduled to begin in Rome on 12th June, with matches to be played in 12 different European cities before the final at Wembley on 12th July.

Football clubs left without games to play over the weekend took to Twitter to play board games instead of covering matches.

With all elite games in most European countries called off, including all Premier League, EFL, SPFL and FA-sanctioned games, club social media accounts took the opportunity to simulate games on Football Manager and FIFA 20.