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NFL will reach $14 billion in 2017 revenue

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Commissioner Roger Goodell said seven years ago that he’d like the NFL to reach $25 billion in annual revenue by 2027. The league is roughly on track to get there.

Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that the NFL expects to generate $14 billion in 2017. That’s a $6 billion increase from 2010, when the NFL racked up $8 billion.

This year’s increase, per Kaplan, came from the Thursday Night Football package and the opening of the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The opening of the Falcons’ new stadium and the Chargers’ move to L.A. could contribute to future increases, culminating in what should be a major increase when the Chargers and Rams move into their new stadium in Inglewood.

Getting to $25 billion per year by 2027 remains a challenge, especially in light of the complexities of the next wave of TV deals and potential challenges to holding the domestic audience together and growing the sport internationally.

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52 Responses to “NFL will reach $14 billion in 2017 revenue”
  1. sdchicken says: Mar 6, 2017 11:32 AM

    $14 Billionannual revenue but can’t afford to build a stadium without trying to fleece the taxpayers whoaverage $50k a year in salary

  2. jchipwood says: Mar 6, 2017 11:33 AM

    You would think with all that money at least the NFL could do was to lower cost on merchandise, tickets, or at least make every game available to every fan that wants it at a reasonable price. All that money does come from in someway the fans.

  3. td30 says: Mar 6, 2017 11:34 AM

    culminating in what should be a major increase when the Chargers and Rams move into their new stadium in Inglewood

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    That is mighty presumptuous

  4. katientony says: Mar 6, 2017 11:34 AM

    But wait!! The TV ratings are down! I thought football as we knew was doomed and would soon not even be worth putting on TV?? Oh wait…NM. Football is fine. Actually more than just fine, based on that number…

  5. tylawspick6 says: Mar 6, 2017 11:35 AM

    Arrest, try and convict Roger Goodell.

  6. omegalh says: Mar 6, 2017 11:36 AM

    And this is the reason by Goodell won’t be fired. Its all about the green.

  7. idiedpretty says: Mar 6, 2017 11:36 AM

    Beware of Mark Cuban’s sage advice. The only achilles heel the NFL appears to have is over saturation. Sometimes less is more. Their constant greed is a bad look.

  8. celticsforever says: Mar 6, 2017 11:36 AM

    Too bad there is not enough money in the nfl coffers for things like full-time referees, goal-line technology and a useful “D-league” to develop nfl-quality qb’s. If only they had set the target at 30 billion. What a shame.

  9. kloos366 says: Mar 6, 2017 11:37 AM

    Can i be a parasite and leech off some of these bils?

  10. 6ball says: Mar 6, 2017 11:38 AM

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    Fans should care about this, why?
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  11. coutre says: Mar 6, 2017 11:39 AM

    The sad part is that they could easily be bringing in $20 billion if they hired successful people instead of focusing on affirmative action, quotas and nepotism.

  12. sigp320 says: Mar 6, 2017 11:39 AM

    They made money in spite of Roger not because of him

  13. d0naldjtrump says: Mar 6, 2017 11:41 AM

    $14 billion dollars and they still employ a ginger with a Napoleon complex who is eroding the league’s reputation – SAD.

  14. brwmstr says: Mar 6, 2017 11:42 AM

    FIRE GOODELL!!!

  15. BIGGSHAUN says: Mar 6, 2017 11:43 AM

    Roger is laughing at you haters. All the way to the bank!

  16. joetoronto says: Mar 6, 2017 11:43 AM

    If they keep going like this, they’ll be able to afford full time officials one day.

  17. rams41 says: Mar 6, 2017 11:44 AM

    Guess moving teams around pays off…for the NFL

  18. weepingjebus says: Mar 6, 2017 11:47 AM

    He has cost the league billions in lost ratings. And that’s before moving half the games to Mexico and China, and having teams start at their opponent’s 20 to keep the fantasy slobs in a perpetual red zone lather.

  19. kerrchris65 says: Mar 6, 2017 11:53 AM

    make $14 billion in revenue, yet hold cities hostage for public funding for stadiums, and then bolt town.

  20. FrankRizzo says: Mar 6, 2017 11:54 AM

    Roger makes the owners money, he isn’t going anywhere

  21. patriotsarespygaters says: Mar 6, 2017 11:55 AM

    this is because of more yt coached and qbs

  22. idiedpretty says: Mar 6, 2017 11:56 AM

    Say what you will about Goodell’s “Robo Cop Act,” he has done an excellent job growing the league and that is the only thing the Owners care about. It’s all about the money, baby!

    Please cancel Thursday night football.

  23. patriotsarespygaters says: Mar 6, 2017 11:58 AM

    but i thought kapaernick’s stunt….

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 6, 2017 12:04 PM

    Arrest, try and convict Roger Goodell.

    CryBabyNation’s lead troll has spoken…….pin drop. The NFL is a business and appears to be doing a lot right if it makes Monet and angers CryBabyNation.

  25. dtp15 says: Mar 6, 2017 12:07 PM

    Still won’t pay for their own stadiums, hire and compensate full time officials and Coaches

  26. therealjr says: Mar 6, 2017 12:07 PM

    This will just keep increasing exponentially! Said everyone in every bubble, ever.

  27. guyjuneguyjune says: Mar 6, 2017 12:16 PM

    NOT if Goodell keeps letting teams like San Diego re-locate. That’s a disaster. Why? Because they are weakening the very under-pinnings of the NFL’s historical success. Integrity, fan base, traditional ties to areas where the business loyalty has grown. NFL teams can no longer count on tax-payer money to fund new stadium construction. The American tax-payer is OVER-TAXED as it is. Municipal money will not be viable long term. Spanos is clearly setting up the Chargers for sale to some other billionaire who wants a new toy. Look a the Rooney’s of the Steelers. They want public fund for upgrading Three Rivers. Pittsburgh city officials won’t even talk to them. Simply as an example, the Rooney’d who are and have been staples to the Pittsburgh community could get pissed off and threaten to leave for…let’s say San Antonio or sell to the highest billionaire who wants a new toy.
    IT’S CALLED MONEY. The NFL should somehow revearse what they’ve done and get Spanos to move back to San Diego. Renovate Qualcomm. Build a winning team and sell out the stadium. Like wise, a new plan for a new stadium with long term funding through the NFL should be developed for the Oakland Raiders. This combined effort would steady a potenial “listing ship” and establish NFL growth long term. Sadly, it won’t happen as owners wil lcontinue to buy and sell as they see fit for their own personnel wealth gain. It’s never enough. The Spano’s want it as soon as possible and they’ll get ot. The entire league will invite long term weakness from the Chargers move back to LALA Land. Forget the decades of fan loyalty.

  28. abninf says: Mar 6, 2017 12:26 PM

    These socialists posting would never make it in the business world.

  29. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Mar 6, 2017 12:30 PM

    14 billion…and still no one knows what an NFL catch is…

  30. Grugenhagen says: Mar 6, 2017 12:30 PM

    Revenue is one thing but it’s going to be interesting to see what the NFL’s actual profits are over the next decade or so.

    The writing is on the wall and NFL cities are starting to show resistance to contributing taxpayer money to new stadiums. The league and its owners are going to have to start footing the bill and that’s going to eat into those profits.

  31. pancaketaco says: Mar 6, 2017 12:34 PM

    and they can’t set a billion aside a year to build future stadiums.

    Pretty simple…City gives the land, NFL self funds stadium construction, NFL runs the stadium, rents if back to the team.

    Seems like a win/win to me.

  32. JSpicoli says: Mar 6, 2017 12:40 PM

    Peak NFL and peak revenue growth rate has been reached.

  33. JSpicoli says: Mar 6, 2017 12:42 PM

    katientony says:
    Mar 6, 2017 11:34 AM
    But wait!! The TV ratings are down! I thought football as we knew was doomed and would soon not even be worth putting on TV?? Oh wait…NM. Football is fine. Actually more than just fine, based on that number…

    _________________________________________

    Because you understand how pipeline econ works. The pay cut is coming.

  34. pearljam2 says: Mar 6, 2017 12:49 PM

    I guess this means my bottle of beer will be around 20 bucks upcoming

  35. coltsreign says: Mar 6, 2017 12:50 PM

    I’m not surprised revenues are up but the state of the game stinks.

  36. coltsreign says: Mar 6, 2017 12:53 PM

    Revenues are up but the state of game sucks.

  37. kabasaman says: Mar 6, 2017 12:53 PM

    Jeeeezzzze, and yet they can’t afford to pay “Real Full Time REFS…….”.. Rich jerks. How much money do people need?

  38. tonebones says: Mar 6, 2017 12:55 PM

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling! What? You mean you were just kidding? No wonder Roger Goodell makes $35 million a year. How could so many intelligent people be so wrong about someone? I mean, those people are intelligent, right?

  39. tylawspick6 says: Mar 6, 2017 12:56 PM

    the ratings drops are big in terms of possibly seeing
    goodell fired and then hopefully arrested for fraud

  40. funshipm174 says: Mar 6, 2017 12:57 PM

    And still needs to charge fans to watch the combine.

  41. charger383 says: Mar 6, 2017 1:04 PM

    What could it be now, if it was run right?

  42. Getoffmylawn! says: Mar 6, 2017 1:06 PM

    6ball says:
    Mar 6, 2017 11:38 AM

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    Fans should care about this, why?
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    Because fans are paying about $14 billion of that in 2017. That’s why!

  43. 6ball says: Mar 6, 2017 1:26 PM

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    @getoffmylawn

    OK….. Fans are paying the 14 billion. Now what? Are you going to adjust the price of a $10 draft beer? Are you adjusting ticket prices? Now that you’ve got the 14 billion dollar number in hand, take a long look at it and realize that is all you have……a number.
    .

  44. paulmauddib says: Mar 6, 2017 2:29 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 6, 2017 12:04 PM

    Arrest, try and convict Roger Goodell.

    CryBabyNation’s lead troll has spoken…….pin drop. The NFL is a business and appears to be doing a lot right if it makes Monet and angers CryBabyNation.
    ______
    Except he is right. This will come to a head at the next CBA negotiations. Since the players union will not let him continue with his discipline policy I suspect there will be a long holdout and a big drop in NFL profits.

  45. hawkforlife says: Mar 6, 2017 2:35 PM

    At least we know what all the fines add up to.

  46. granadafan says: Mar 6, 2017 2:47 PM

    The NFL will still grossly underpay cheerleaders ($75 per game only with no benefits, pay for own makeup and outfits), claim goal line cameras are too expensive, and still demand that taxpayers give them free $2 billion dollar stadiums.

  47. upnorthvikesfan says: Mar 6, 2017 3:38 PM

    Comments on here complaining about the ticket, beer & food prices, the league not paying to build the stadiums and so on. Look at yourselves, people! As long as you continue to pay the high prices and as long as we continue to vote in the politicians who give public money for stadiums then we are to blame.

  48. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 6, 2017 4:17 PM

    I”d like to know why the Packers raised tickets by $7 when they have no owner, the league makes $14 billion in profit and they allegedly have a $250 million nest egg for improvements and player signing bonuses.

    If the packers are owned by their fans, then why the increase of $7 per ticket? shouldn’t they be the cheapest with all the revenue the nfl makes?

  49. rexgrossmanisgoat says: Mar 6, 2017 4:40 PM

    ..meanwhile Noah Syndergard is still making $600,000…

  50. kevpft says: Mar 6, 2017 4:57 PM

    Wow. They could build a new stadium every year, with no public funding, and still have $13 billion left over. Each year.

    Kind of puts the high ticket prices, high fees & merch costs, high costs of TV packages, nonstop cramming of commercials into every available second of TV broadcasts, and all the other painful-to-fans junk that has built up over the years into perspective.

    They’re asking for much more from the fans, reaping huge rewards, and giving nothing back (see: St. Louis, San Diego). And millions of us pay for the privilege of being ripped off every year.

  51. tylawspick6 says: Mar 6, 2017 5:09 PM

    Wow. They could build a new stadium every year, with no public funding, and still have $13 billion left over. Each year.

    Kind of puts the high ticket prices, high fees & merch costs, high costs of TV packages, nonstop cramming of commercials into every available second of TV broadcasts, and all the other painful-to-fans junk that has built up over the years into perspective.

    They’re asking for much more from the fans, reaping huge rewards, and giving nothing back (see: St. Louis, San Diego). And millions of us pay for the privilege of being ripped off every year.

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    arrest, try and convict goodell

  52. ak185 says: Mar 7, 2017 4:51 PM

    The NFL is not a monopoly.

    Repeat after me: the NFL is not a monopoly.

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