Veteran football writer Tom Curran had it right last week: “NFLPA’s 50-50 offer isn’t what it seems”
Veteran NFL writer Tom Curran astutely discussed last week’s NFL labor negotiations in a story posted on the Comcast Sports New England website on Friday under the header “NFLPA’s 50-50 offer isn’t what it seems.”
“The NFLPA is looking pretty good. The owners? Demonized,” Curran wrote. “The truth? Not as cut and dried as the NFLPA will have you believe. The 50-50 split is, in essence, what the players already enjoy. What about the 60 percent that players supposedly were already taking? Isn’t the 50 percent a 10 percent giveback?
“Actually, the NFLPA has moved the goalposts on everyone. And – because of the complexity of the negotiations – it’s hard for fans and the media to realize that.”
“The NFLPA has always operated without including that $1 billion in their estimations of how much they make,” Curran continued. “They always signed off on the notion that they were getting 60 percent of the $8 billion. It was a landmark accomplishment when Gene Upshaw, the now-deceased head of the NFLPA, got close to that 60 percent mark in 2006.
“In reality, the players have ALWAYS (or at least since the new CBA was ratified in 2006) been getting $4.8 of the $9 billion in total revenues. That’s a smidge over 50 percent. But nobody included that $1 billion because it wasn’t going to owners or players, just being reinvested in the game.
“Now, though, the players are working off that $9 billion figure. And that’s where the math has gotten fuzzy. For them to come to the table on Wednesday and say, “We’ll take 50 percent of ‘all revenue’ instead of ‘total revenue’ ” is no concession. (Really, someone needs to tell me what the difference between “total” and “all” is.) That is about what they’re currently getting.”
“But the fact the players have always signed off on the math the way it was done,” Curran concluded, “a billion off the top and then 60 percent of the $8 billion – and are now changing their talking points to include the billion being used to grow the game is a little disingenuous.
“And it confuses the conversation immensely.”
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