The NFLPA and the National Football League have agreed to a memorandum of understanding to explore a merger.
The deal is a potential merger of both leagues into a single entity that would combine league revenue and revenues from the NFL’s 32 teams into a larger pool for NFLPA revenue, a source told Fox Sports.
It is the first step toward a merger in the 21st century.
The terms of the agreement are not public, but the deal is expected to be finalized on Tuesday.
A merger of two major sports leagues would be significant for the league, and would allow the NFL to gain a larger share of the total revenue generated by its teams.
It would also be a boost for the NFL in the coming years as it seeks to expand the league in new markets.
The NFL is seeking to expand its market to the U.S. with a proposal to move the Super Bowl to a neutral site in New Orleans.
Fox Sports’ James Kratch is the co-host of the Fox Sports 1 show “The Catch” (10 p.m. ET).