NFL Owners' Lockout Threat Is Just An Ego Trip

Art and Dan Rooney


With record TV ratings last season, the National Football League may be in its best shape ever. So why are the teams’ owners about to lock the players out over revenue? It all comes down to greed, says Buzz Bissinger.It appears more and more likely that the owners of the National Football League will initiate a lockout of its players at midnight this Friday as the result of a highly contentious labour dispute over a new collective-bargaining agreement.

CBS Sports Jim Nantz presents the Lamar Hunt trophy to Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin as Steelers owners Dan and Art Rooney, former Steeler Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and Pittsburgh Steelers running b

The revenue pool in the NFL now is about $9 billion. Owners take $1 billion of that amount off the top as a “credit” for expenses and are seeking roughly an additional $1.4 billion because of today’s economic realities. The owners propose that the players receive the same cut of revenue as they do now, 60 per cent, but it would be a significantly smaller pot.

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