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Kraft cautions against a cap spike in 2014

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In 2014, the new TV deals kick in.  As a result, the NFL’s broadcast-related revenues will jump.  It has caused many league observers to assume the salary cap also will jump.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft doesn’t think that will be the case.

I don’t really see that happening,” Kraft said Thursday during an event at Gillette Stadium, according to Mike Rodak of ESPNBoston.com.  “I don’t think what happened in 2006 will happen in the future here, because if you understand the labor agreement and the long-term part of this, there will be a smooth growth.”

Kraft added with a smile, “Anyone who assumes huge jumps, I hope they’re in our division.”

Players may not be all that thrilled with the concept of “smooth growth.”  The new CBA ties the players’ share to nearly half of all revenue, with the players’ cut growing as the total pie continues to expand.  Apparently, even with the new national TV deals, the total growth won’t be particularly dramatic.

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29 Responses to “Kraft cautions against a cap spike in 2014”
  1. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Mar 23, 2012 11:58 PM

    Mmmmmmm….Pie.

  2. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:10 AM

    why wouldn’t the cap go up? so the owners can keep more money? how about they make tickets cheaper for games so i can get season tickets for my whole family?

  3. randygnyc says: Mar 24, 2012 12:17 AM

    Well, Kraft seems to know a little too much, too soon. I think the owners run circles around the players, regardless of player representation. The owners all have deep pockets. Compare that to the relatively small handful of players that are really wealthy, and it’s obvious that the average player will always negotiate from a position of weakness. (I personally side with the monetary risk takers/investors. Talent is ALWAYS replaceable/disposable)

  4. KIR says: Mar 24, 2012 12:44 AM

    The TV contract is going to increase from 20.4 to 39.6 Billion. That’s Billion!!! And, the players salary cap won’t increase? Somethings not right.

  5. bozosforall says: Mar 24, 2012 12:50 AM

    Kraft is a greedy slimeball and a confirmed cheater.

  6. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 24, 2012 1:11 AM

    “You realize how many Dinners we have to sell to make an extra 10 mil?” blanched Bob, with a worried look.

  7. brettto73 says: Mar 24, 2012 1:46 AM

    I could not say what randygnyc said any better.

  8. pissedfishfan says: Mar 24, 2012 2:07 AM

    Smart owner!! It is ashame the fans are such morons!

  9. t3dstrik3r says: Mar 24, 2012 4:32 AM

    “I personally side with the monetary risk takers/investors. Talent is ALWAYS replaceable/disposable)”
    ————

    I always laugh when people claim the owners are taking any kind of “risk.” For most of the owners, their teams are a hobby or a toy. Even in a worst case scenario, if any given owner suddenly lost his team – the team and its entire value just completely disappeared suddenly – he would still have so much money in other things that he would still be wealthier than most people in the world, and would continue to be so for the rest of his life.

    If the Patriots suddenly were wiped off the face of the earth (we can only dream) Bob Kraft would still be making obscene millions selling his Mac & Cheese and everything else. Owning a team in the NFL is a risk for them, like spending $1,000 on a dirt bike is a risk for me.

    And in fact, you say “talent” is always replaceable, which is true, but so are billionaires with big egos. If the owners locked players out for too long, a bunch of rich guys would be lined up and starting a new league. All the “talent” would play there and that’s what America would watch, because we watch the players, not the owner in the box. At least most of us, apparently. You can side with the owners all you want, but your reasons for doing so are pretty empty and worthless.

  10. mempusa says: Mar 24, 2012 4:54 AM

    Best owner in football.

  11. mempusa says: Mar 24, 2012 5:18 AM

    How many businesses do you know of where the employees know as much or more than the business owners?

  12. gweez76 says: Mar 24, 2012 6:21 AM

    Hmm even with Mara and Kraft taking money from Skins and Cowboys? Watch out Fins and Jets fans. Something tells me your going to get a cap hit next year.

  13. seattlesuperchronic says: Mar 24, 2012 6:29 AM

    whatchutalkinabouthillis

    Thumbs up.

  14. thadamntruth says: Mar 24, 2012 7:34 AM

    If they do not pay the players what their worth, stand by as the fan to suffer in the “He said” – “He said” foolishness again!

  15. downslide33 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:43 AM

    fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:10 AM

    why wouldn’t the cap go up? so the owners can keep more money? how about they make tickets cheaper for games so i can get season tickets for my whole family?

    ====================================

    Its called “supply & demand”. Why would the owners sell you cheap tickets when they have thousands of other fans willing to pay more?

    I can barely afford to take my family to a game either, but its not the owner’s fault!

  16. phoff12 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:43 AM

    Well, Kraft seems to know a little too much, too soon. I think the owners run circles around the players, regardless of player representation. The owners all have deep pockets. Compare that to the relatively small handful of players that are really wealthy, and it’s obvious that the average player will always negotiate from a position of weakness. (I personally side with the monetary risk takers/investors. Talent is ALWAYS replaceable/disposable)
    ————————————

    I don’t watch arena league football now, why would I watch the same players in an NFL uniform? The same goes for a any good restaurant. If I went out and spent two hundred dollars on a dinner and the food was great but the service stunk would I wouldn’t go back. Sorry but good people that excel at any profession can’t just be replaced without a drop in quality that in turn results in a drop in profits.

  17. KIR says: Mar 24, 2012 9:21 AM

    The TV contract is going to increase from 20.4 to 39.6 Billion. That’s Billion!!! And, the players salary cap won’t increase? Somethings not right.

  18. dccowboy says: Mar 24, 2012 9:29 AM

    I’m a little confused then. The new CBA specifically calls for 55% of TV revenue to go to the players. Since the new TV deals (ESPN, Directv, Networks) add about 2 Billion in new TV money I’m having a hard time understanding why the salary cap (benefits & salary) will not take a pretty substantial jump in 2014.

    55% of 2 billion is $ 1.1 Billion / 32 = 34 million from the new deals alone, not counting other revenue growth. Even if the player benefits portion increases, it still looks like teams are going to add 25-30 million in new salary cap.

  19. chris6523 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:50 AM

    Is it possible that the contracts that the networks have with the NFL have larger payouts in the later years than in the beginning and that detail has been glossed over?

  20. thepowerofgreen says: Mar 24, 2012 10:21 AM

    Kraft is a cheap SOB…good for my Jets though….

  21. deathmonkey41 says: Mar 24, 2012 11:08 AM

    Gee, if that’s Kraft’s stance, I wonder what Goodall’s position will be? He serves his New England master well.

  22. ezpkns34 says: Mar 24, 2012 11:09 AM

    Pie? I always thought Kraft was more of a fan of…strudel

  23. patsfan87 says: Mar 24, 2012 11:25 AM

    t3dstrik3r says:
    Mar 24, 2012 4:32 AM
    “I personally side with the monetary risk takers/investors. Talent is ALWAYS replaceable/disposable)”
    ————

    I always laugh when people claim the owners are taking any kind of “risk.” For most of the owners, their teams are a hobby or a toy. Even in a worst case scenario, if any given owner suddenly lost his team – the team and its entire value just completely disappeared suddenly – he would still have so much money in other things that he would still be wealthier than most people in the world, and would continue to be so for the rest of his life.

    If the Patriots suddenly were wiped off the face of the earth (we can only dream) Bob Kraft would still be making obscene millions selling his Mac & Cheese and everything else. Owning a team in the NFL is a risk for them, like spending $1,000 on a dirt bike is a risk for me.

    And in fact, you say “talent” is always replaceable, which is true, but so are billionaires with big egos. If the owners locked players out for too long, a bunch of rich guys would be lined up and starting a new league. All the “talent” would play there and that’s what America would watch, because we watch the players, not the owner in the box. At least most of us, apparently. You can side with the owners all you want, but your reasons for doing so are pretty empty and worthless.
    ===============================

    This shows how your not prepared, educated, and lazy in your private and professional life. If you knew anything about the Kraft family empire you would know that he made his money in cardboard and paper products.
    The Kraft family have always been willing to spend money over the years on players who deserved it. It’s ok to spend smart and not reckless like the Coyboys, Redskins and Jets to name a few. 49′s got caught trying to avoid and do a backdoor on the salary cap and lost draft picks over it.
    It seems like success breeds jealously like the Red Sox and Yankees over the years. People and players are replaceable. You’re just a number. You could be a model employee however you are forgotten like yesterday’s flavor of the month. People care less like politicians when they are voted out of office. No one talks about Bush anymore after he left office. If you’re expendable then it is just part of the business. Loyality is never a priority. It’s about being productive for a modest price. That is what the salary cap is all about.

  24. boblavoie says: Mar 24, 2012 11:31 AM

    Yes, you are a “Bozo” sforall -
    Try and same something intelligent instead of showing off your ignorance.

  25. boblavoie says: Mar 24, 2012 11:34 AM

    Ya “power of green” – history has certainly proved your point. Last year your glorious team broke even and I don’t see them that lucky this year. Maybe six wins for your Jets in 2012. Join the Fins.

  26. fsf7 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:54 PM

    mempusa says: Mar 24, 2012 4:54 AM

    Best owner in football.

    —————————–

    Light years behind the Rooney family.

  27. jims44 says: Mar 24, 2012 4:36 PM

    All he is doing is playing head games with his peers.

  28. khuxford says: Mar 24, 2012 9:12 PM

    If the revenue jumps up and the salary cap doesn’t?

    Strike.

  29. rushmatic says: Mar 25, 2012 3:41 PM

    bozosforall says:

    Kraft is a greedy slimeball and a confirmed cheater.

    _____________

    What a charmed life you must lead that you can throw stones like that from behind your computer screen about a philanthropist, supposed great guy and successful entrepreneur.

    Man, you must seriously be human perfection personified.

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