Owners Hear The Deal

The NFL owners met on Tuesday in Chicago and it appears on first blush that there was not vociferous pushback against the details of a new labor agreement with the players.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners bargaining committee – including Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt – presented reports on the negotiations with the players, where progress has been made and what direction they think the talks are headed for in the coming days.

“The ownership has a better idea of the framework (of an agreement),” Goodell told the media on Tuesday afternoon. “It was a good day in that we had a full discussion of the issues.” 

Negotiations between the league and players will resume on Wednesday in Boston, where they will talk for two days.

There was no vote taken by the owners and there’s a very good chance to when some of them return home and start crunching the numbers they will find reasons to be unhappy. But from media reports coming out of Chicago and the meeting, these are some of the details of the new deal between the league and its players:

  • NFL players would receive 48 percent of the total revenue generated by the league and its teams. The old agreement provided the players with anywhere from 53 to 60 percent of certain revenues, after a cut was taken off the top by the owners. Now, it’s all revenue and there’s no money pre-assigned total coming off the top each year.
  • There would be occasions when the owners could get more than 52 percent of the revenue in any year based on helping teams fund stadiums and the like. The players’ percentage would never go lower than 46.5 percent of the full revenues.
  • The agreement would include a salary cap and a salary floor, as teams would have to spend 90 percent of the cap figure in cash dollars, not cap dollars.
  • A rookie wage scale would be put in place and it would follow the likes of that in the NBA; details remained to be worked out.
  • Free agency would return to the rules prior to last year’s uncapped season, with unrestricted free agency available to a player after four years in the league. Players with three years would be restricted free agents.
  • The franchise player designation will continue.
  • A new 16-game Thursday night schedule will create more television revenue.
  • The season will remain 16 games, and a possible 18-game schedule would have to be negotiated with the players and could not be imposed unilaterally by the owners.

Not surprisingly, details on many parts of the deal remained sketchy and will be part of continued negotiations. There was talk involving the football people of the league about how to deal with things like free agency, training camp and the 2011 pre-season based on potential resolution dates of the dispute.

One Response to “Owners Hear The Deal”

  • June 21, 2011  - aPauled says:

    Finally, some solid progress. The 16 game Thursday night schedule is interesting. I’m not a big fan of Thursday night games outside of Opening Week and holidays. With so many high school games being split between Thursday/Friday…why not target Friday night? (The old commitment that the NFL won’t compete with High School and College football apparently applies to Friday and Saturday but not Thursday.) Friday would allow another day of prep and I would think would be preferred by fans attending the game as well as TV audiences…”sorry ladies we can out Tu-Th but Fr-Mon are football nights in the Fall”.

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