New York, New Jersey / 19.02.2021 00:06:03
The NFL informed teams that the 2021 salary cap will not be less than $ 180 million, a slight increase from previous agreement from last year between the league and the Players Guild.
Through an internal memorandum that the NFL sent this Thursday to the 32 teams in the league, it specified that the 180 million dollars is not the final figure of the 2021 salary cap, only an adjustment to the base of the salary cap established last summer in negotiations between the NFL and the union.
The final salary cap for 2021 will be established following the review of the final 2020 income figure and other auditing and accounting adjustments, always according to the internal memorandum received by the teams.
The final salary cap that is set is expected to not exceed $ 185 million and could be closer to $ 180 million.
This means that either way there will be an increase compared to last summer’s initial pact between the NFL and the union, which had been $ 175 million by 2021.
« Following discussions with the union that addressed both actual 2020 earnings and projected attendance for the 2021 season, we have agreed to raise the minimum salary cap for the 2021 league year to $ 180 million. We will immediately notify everyone. clubs as soon as the salary cap is fully established, « the NFL memo reads.
The final figure for the 2021 cap could take some time to materialize as the NFL continues to negotiate new contracts with its television network partners. Obviously, new television contracts would affect revenue projections and there could be an expansion of the regular season to 17 games this year.
Total attendance last season was 1.2 million, compared to 17 million in 2019. Thirteen teams allowed no fans in the regular season; other clubs limited attendance to provide social distancing in accordance with the health and safety regulations of the state where they are based.