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Revenue sharing splits up $6 billion in 2013

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Since only the Packers must reveal their books, due to their non-stock stock ownership structure, the Packers’ annual report includes plenty of info both about the franchise and the league.

Darren Rovell of ESPN.com did some backwards math to determine that the $187.7 million received by the Packers in national revenue means that the league divided a whopping $6 billion among the 32 teams from April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

That cash comes largely from the national TV contracts with NBC, ESPN, FOX, CBS, and DirecTV.  The wireless deal with Verizon also pumps up the number, as does the 34-percent chunk of ticket sales that go to the visiting team in name, but that as a practical matter are pooled for revenue sharing.

The massive shared amount, which exceeds last year’s salary cap of $123 million by more than 50 percent, highlights the ongoing importance of the broadcast antitrust exemption.  The federal law, passed decades ago, gives the NFL the ability to negotiate TV deals as a 32-business block, forcing networks that covet broadcasts of significant national interest to also take less attractive games involving less compelling teams.

If that exemption ever goes away, all teams would have to cut their own deals, and a handful of teams would make a killing.  Which could make it tempting for some owners to not be all that upset if the exemption ever evaporates.

Still, revenue sharing levels the playing field, ensuring that the NFL won’t be split into a collections of haves and have nots.

Maybe that should be have mores, and have mosts.

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38 Responses to “Revenue sharing splits up $6 billion in 2013”
  1. beerbratscheese says: Jul 11, 2014 5:10 PM

    The federal law, passed decades ago, gives the NFL the ability to negotiate TV deals as a 32-business block, forcing networks that covet broadcasts of significant national interest to also take less attractive games involving less compelling teams.

    I guess that explains why the Vikings manage to get nationally televised every once in a while.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 11, 2014 5:14 PM

    The Redskins bring in the most money and ratings to this sport and people have the gall to say we aren’t the most important franchise in Sports. How dare you!! #HTTR

  3. btv77 says: Jul 11, 2014 5:20 PM

    This is exactly why there are now rules put in place by the league so that no other franchise can ever be publicly owned like Green Bay.

    I’m sure it drives the owners crazy that their profits are publicly disclosed every year but it’s probably a good thing. This inside info helps level the playing field during negotiations with the NFLPA and TV networks.

    #greedy owners

  4. ariani1985 says: Jul 11, 2014 5:22 PM

    And the vikings little sister to the East(Turd Bay Packers) is on the verge of going broke but the rest of the league has to bail them out!!!! Just move the packers to LA already!!! Atleast they could sell out a playoff game!!!!

  5. justafan2014 says: Jul 11, 2014 5:22 PM

    Lol @ logicalvoice… That seems logical..

  6. drunkraider says: Jul 11, 2014 5:29 PM

    6 billion and they still greedy enough to black out games in local areas.

  7. purplengold says: Jul 11, 2014 5:30 PM

    That pie is just sitting like a rock in my stomach; it’s very filling.

  8. vikescry1 says: Jul 11, 2014 5:31 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jul 11, 2014 5:22 PM
    And the vikings little sister to the East(Turd Bay Packers) is on the verge of going broke but the rest of the league has to bail them out!!!! Just move the packers to LA already!!! Atleast they could sell out a playoff game!!!! ———————————————————————————————————————————————————— but your missing the point of this whole artical ?? bears fans still have 7 more years of jay cutler bahahahahahaha!!!

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 11, 2014 5:32 PM

    Bengals owner mike brown’s favorite time of the year.

  10. 3yardsndust says: Jul 11, 2014 5:32 PM

    Greedy owners.

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 11, 2014 5:35 PM

    Tax exempt.

  12. clashpoint says: Jul 11, 2014 5:51 PM

    That doesn’t count those crazy ticket prices and the $25+ parking fees either. When it comes to the billionaire owners vs the millionaire players; who plays in the games we watch on TV? I love football. If this is the football money available, those who play football deserve more of it.

  13. thefiesty1 says: Jul 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    One of these days we’re going to be talking about REAL money. It’s no wonder why the players are getting paid these excessive salaries to “play” a game.

  14. dennisatunity says: Jul 11, 2014 5:54 PM

    If they only have $6 billion to split up, you can see why the poor, downtrodden NFL owners have to have all of us average taxpayers pay for their stadiums. When I think of these poor owners, it brings a tear to my eye. They are just so brave to carry on.

  15. jman2020 says: Jul 11, 2014 5:55 PM

    Wat kind of pie is dat looks awful

  16. 2manyconcussions says: Jul 11, 2014 6:00 PM

    The antitrust exemption does not mean they are tax exempt as a league. Only the league office has a a tax exempt status, right or wrong.

    This is some serious coin, none-the-less. The NFL could be a small country.

  17. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 11, 2014 6:01 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jul 11, 2014 5:22 PM

    And the vikings little sister to the East(Turd Bay Packers) is on the verge of going broke but the rest of the league has to bail them out!!!! Just move the packers to LA already!!! Atleast they could sell out a playoff game!!!!

    Hey clueless troll the queens are one of the teams the financially secure like the Packers have to take care of because of your weak fan base while your owner bilks you out of millions on forced taxes. If it wasn’t for this little franchise you might not even have a team. Your jealousy is making you look pretty childish.

  18. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 11, 2014 6:02 PM

    Hmm I’m still not seeing a level playing field in this money game.

  19. bri55mn says: Jul 11, 2014 6:05 PM

    Can’t believe they’re tax exempt, like Scientology. #whythecounryisbroke

  20. guitarmaninks says: Jul 11, 2014 6:10 PM

    Why is it greedy owners? The players payroll is over half of that figure

  21. electricboogalo says: Jul 11, 2014 6:15 PM

    The have-nots: Minnesota, Detroit, & Cleveland.

    The haves: Everyone else.

  22. pastabelly101 says: Jul 11, 2014 6:18 PM

    The league should bow at the alter of Brady and Belichick.

  23. jimmyjoejohnbob says: Jul 11, 2014 6:18 PM

    I look forward to when the NFL morphs into four legitimate teams like the Harlem Globetrotters, and 28 versions of the Washington Generals.

    Boy, that’ll be entertaining!

  24. jagsfanugh says: Jul 11, 2014 6:20 PM

    It’s us the fans. Go NFL.

  25. jimmysee says: Jul 11, 2014 6:28 PM

    You-all can thank the Packers owners for setting the record straight and putting it all on the table.

  26. revelation123 says: Jul 11, 2014 6:48 PM

    It’s a double-edged sword.

    It might be nice if profitable teams like the Packers didn’t have to support moochers like the Vikings, but then Green Bay would have one less punching bag to beat up on every year.

  27. granadafan says: Jul 11, 2014 7:04 PM

    Yet the NFL is a “non-profit” organization and is exempt from paying any taxes. These poor owners are barely scraping by and need our (the REAL taxpaying public) assistance in building and re-building their modest place of work (stadiums) with huge screens, mahogany wood in the luxury suites, luxurious chairs, etc.

  28. micknangold says: Jul 11, 2014 7:09 PM

    “If they only have $6 billion to split up, you can see why the poor, downtrodden NFL owners have to have all of us average taxpayers pay for their stadiums. When I think of these poor owners, it brings a tear to my eye. They are just so brave to carry on.”

    Yeah, they just put all of that 6B in their pockets! Disposable income!

  29. maverickstar says: Jul 11, 2014 7:46 PM

    When complaining about what the owners make, I think most people forget that out their share, they have to pay all the expenses other than player salary. That large revenue number shrinks real fast when checks have to be cut.

    I found a nice breakdown on the Packers revenue and profit the last two years. $43 million actual profit. I imagine some teams are probably higher. When ownership groups have have hundreds of millions or a billion or more dollars on the line, I’m not going to hate them for how much they actually do make.

  30. qdog112 says: Jul 11, 2014 7:50 PM

    Poor owners lined up for taxbreaks and foodstamps. Guess that’s why we at PFT love them so much and hate those greedy players.

    How will they ever feed their families. Each team made $66m after paying the players, just on TV revenue. Too bad the owners don’t have any other revenue streams like ticket concessions, licensing and food service.

  31. mrf47 says: Jul 11, 2014 9:14 PM

    If the exemption goes away and one team cuts a huge deal, is there anything in the League’s governance that prevents the other teams from tossing that team?

  32. mopackfan says: Jul 11, 2014 10:50 PM

    Attention everyone! Be sure to get Florio’s approval before you buy anything. He is very important – he has a blog. Also, for future reference, it is stupid for fans to voluntarily pay for stadium improvements. Local governments should just pass a sales tax increase so that poor people can subsidize billionaires.

  33. jwilliamsspf says: Jul 11, 2014 11:15 PM

    Haha…some people just don’t know how this works…here let me give you some math.
    6 billion divides up 32 ways to 187 million per team.

    Which means (according to the CBA) the players get a percentage of that. What percentage you ask?

    Salary cap is 133 million per team.

    Owners get 29%
    Players get 71%

    And there’s a floor cap meaning the owners MUST spend 117 million per roster on players.

    So that doesn’t shift it that much.

    And then some of you have mentioned their ticket prices and parking rates. Do you think there are no expenses to those gamedays?

    Man there are some fools on here.

  34. gettingpwned says: Jul 12, 2014 2:03 AM

    Good thing they weren’t making enough money and had to lock the players out a few years ago….

  35. kennyking33 says: Jul 12, 2014 2:04 AM

    Am i the only one that can never find any logic in anything that logicalvoicesays?

  36. hornbuckle says: Jul 12, 2014 5:52 AM

    It’s America no shame in making money that’s why I go to work every day.

  37. Bob W Smith says: Jul 12, 2014 10:02 AM

    As the concussion suits move forward and open up the door to all other kinds of legal action from former players, coaches, employees, etc. , that $6 billion won’t seem so big.

  38. nypd1056 says: Jul 12, 2014 11:46 AM

    Simple solution. If your not happy with the way the NFL operates, DONT PATRONIZE THEM. STOP WATCHING THE GAMES AND STOP PURCHASING ANYTHING NFL, INCLUDING THE SPONSERS PRODUCTS.

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