NFL Revenue Divide
NFL players got 53 percent of incremental increase
Figures obtained by The Associated Press underscore the
substantial divide between the NFL and the locked-out players on a
core issue: What portion of additional revenue goes to players.
Players' share of incremental increases to all revenues under
the NFL's expired contract was about 53 percent from 2006-09,
according to calculations by the accounting firm that audited the
collective bargaining agreement for both sides.
The NFL says 70 percent of extra revenue went to players, a main
justification for changing the sport's economic system. The
league's numbers exclude the portion of revenues – about $1 billion
a year – taken off the top for owners to spend on expenses.
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