Responding to the news today that the NFL Players’ Association is challenging the structure of the league’s television contracts, the league issued a public statement striking back Wednesday afternoon.
“The television contracts that the union attacked today were agreed to during the worst economy in our lifetimes,” the statement says. “Far from failing to maximize revenue, the contracts grew league revenue to fund higher player salaries and benefits.”
The league’s statement also quoted NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith himself as saying the league had negotiated good television deals, apparently referring to an interview Smith did with ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning.
“No wonder DeMaurice Smith said publicly this year, ‘My hat’s off to Roger Goodell. Television is locked up until 2014 to the tune of about $5 billion a year,’” the league’s statement said. “The union’s meritless charges, including many inaccuracies, will be addressed in the proper forum, but they are simply a distraction and do nothing to get us any closer to a new CBA.”