50/50 split of “all” revenue is the status quo

There were reports last week that the negotiating session between the NFL and the players’ union ended after the union proposed a 50/50 split of all revenue. This was viewed by some as a new proposal by the union and a move toward the position of the clubs.

“Any interpretation that this was a new proposal and a move toward the clubs is not accurate,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “This was an offer to keep things where they are, to simply extend the status quo. It is consistent with what the Union has been saying for two years – just keep the current deal in place.  As Kevin Mawae has acknowledged, the players got a great deal in 2006.

“The CBA defines what ‘total revenue’ is in detail and gives the Union roughly 60 percent of that amount.  The Union has created a new measure of revenue, which it calls ‘All Revenue,’ and says that the players get 50 percent of that,” Aiello continued. “Saying they want 50 percent of this new revenue base, is the same as saying they want 60 percent of the existing revenue base.  It is a status quo deal.  That is exactly where we are today, and we have been clear that is unacceptable.  This reported offer by the Union last week is just one more offer to ‘just kick the can down the road,’ as Jeff Pash says, and keep things where they are.  There was no change in the Union’s position or movement off of their earlier proposals.”

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