The NFL voted 31-0 Thursday to ratify a new collective-bargaining agreement with the players, and the Buffalo Bills were with the majority. The Oakland Raiders abstained. In 2006, of course, the only the Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals voted against the CBA extension, and by two years later the rest of the teams were against the deal and voted to opt out of it.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday night that the new deal does include a supplemental-revenue sharing system. A supplemental revenue system, aimed at helping lower-revenue teams, was added to the previous deal only after intense lobbying by Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr.