NFL owners will meet on Tuesday for their annual meeting, which will be the last in 2018, with the potential for a new league to join the fold.
But with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell leaving in 2019 and the league likely to be in a state of uncertainty heading into the 2020 season, owners have taken matters into their own hands, saying they have a “worst-conceived” plan to get back to the NFL, according to a memo from one.
The owners also want a new owner to take over in 2022, but have not decided on a name yet.
The memo comes as the NFL has begun to address the fallout from the 2016 mass shooting in Las Vegas.
That was one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500.
It was also one of several instances in which owners, owners associations and players have said they were looking at changing the NFL’s rules or the league’s governance structure in response to the incident.
The owners’ memo, which was obtained by The Associated Press, says the owners’ plan to hold a meeting for their 2021 meeting has been approved by the league and they are working with Goodell to ensure that it is “done in a timely manner.”
“We want to get it done in a way that is as clear and concise as possible,” the memo says.
“The owners have asked for our input and we will provide that input.
We have been working on it and have been making progress.”
The memo says the league is seeking input from the public on the changes and has been discussing them with the owners association and players association.
The memo says owners are working closely with the NFL Players Association, and will be releasing a draft of the proposal on Monday.
It does not name the owners or the association, but it is expected to focus on ways the new league can “address the systemic and systemic issues that exist within the NFL that have made it a place where violence is not tolerated,” the league said in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.