NFL owners are poised to vote Thursday on the long-awaited deal that will bring the league into the digital age.
The vote will also give owners a chance for good-faith negotiations on the new salary cap, which is expected to generate $1 billion in revenue over the next five years.
The current cap is projected to grow by $400 million annually.
The owners are expected to vote on a new collective bargaining agreement in late July.
The draft and free agency are scheduled to follow, but that is a bit further down the road.
The NFL is expected in the next couple of weeks to announce the schedule of its two remaining regular-season games and announce who will be among the 32 teams in the Super Bowl XLIX.
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The most likely candidates for the first Super Bowl in 2021 are the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots.
Both have had to cut players and have a history of playoff failure, but they have the NFL’s most popular fan base.
The Patriots have won four Super Bowls and the Falcons have two, with the 2011 game at Levi’s Stadium and the 2013 game at MetLife Stadium.
The league and the NFL Players Association are in talks over a new stadium for the Superdome in New Orleans, which would cost more than $1.6 billion.
A final decision on the future of the Superbowl in 2021 is expected before the end of the year.