The NFL Players Association has voted to approve the hiring of five more NFL players for its National Football League Players Association board of directors.
The four-member board includes NFLPA President and CEO DeMaurice Smith and three other executives.
The five are expected to be named to the committee, which will meet Wednesday and Thursday.
The players union had requested five new directors, and they have the power to approve hiring or dismiss appointments.
Smith and the other three will remain on the board.
The board also will make recommendations to the NFLPA and the NFL on how to improve the league.
The committee has a $1.5 billion budget.
The vote came after the union received more than 1,000 signatures on a petition calling for Smith to be the new chairman.
Smith has made the NFL an executive sponsor of his PAC and has served as a spokesman for the union since it began campaigning for him in 2016.
The board will meet once every two years, with a final vote on the next appointments to the board scheduled for Feb. 1.
The committee will meet in secret for two weeks, during which time it can submit to the union recommendations for improvement.
The union has proposed increasing the amount of league-mandated health insurance premiums and other compensation.