NFL continues to thrive, despite its challenges

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The National Football League is continuing to make ends meet. As expected.

On one hand, there has been considerable wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth regarding the potential impact of declining TV ratings and anthem protests on the NFL. On the other hand, the money continues to flow, in unprecedented fashion.

As evidenced by the Green Bay Packers’ financial statements, which by law are required to be published every year because of the team’s publicly-owned nature, revenue continues to increase, despite the pearl clutching about Colin Kaepernick and those inspired by him taking advantage of a loophole/flaw that the NFL created nearly a decade ago when deciding to (wait for it) inject politics into football by bringing players out of the locker room for the national anthem, as part of the effort to wrap the shield in the flag.

But we already knew that, even before seeing the Green Bay numbers. Falcons owner Arthur Blank, after giving quarterback Matt Ryan a record $30 million deal, justified the investment by explaining that league revenues are up, and club revenues are up. And indeed they are.

Some would say, “Well, they’d be even higher but for the antics of Kaepernick and company.” Of course, Packers CEO Mark Murphy could have made that declaration on Monday, when discussing his team’s balance sheet. But he didn’t. Murphy said only that the anthem issue had no impact on the team’s financial performance.

It had not impact on the team’s financial performance.

Keep that in mind the next time someone from the league, or someone in the media looking to curry favor with the league, claims without proof that anthem protests are “bad for business.” The verdict has been issued, and the answer is that (as suspected) any huffing and puffing by those who want to control behavior by making threats simply aren’t blowing anyone’s house down.

43 responses to “NFL continues to thrive, despite its challenges

  1. Trump says, you’re welcome!! with such a thriving economy people have more money to spend.

  2. Odd how you only believe NFL management quotes as being factual when they mesh with your thoughts.
    Anything that goes against your thoughts are lies.

  3. Keep that in mind the next time someone from the league, or someone in the media looking to curry favor with the league, claims without proof that anthem protests are “bad for business.”

    Florio, you still aren’t being truthful. lol

  4. However, the business that came out publically blaming the protests is going down the tubes PDQ.
    Guess no one wants to spend any of that Trump tax money of pizza. And NFL management must being making up fake news about that, right?

  5. That’s because there is a contractual obligation (long term contract) in place between the television networks and the league. There would be no impact to financials because the revenue stream does not change – it’s a contract. The writer knows this – continue to be blown away by his crappy logic and rational that he applies in a hap-hazard, unfounded manner

  6. Not shocking, the trump trash cultist are mislead and look very foolish for their support for a traitor. #fakepatriots

  7. Pearl clutching? You mean like everytime time Trump does anything? You constantly talk about free market for players but yet you follow an authoritarian ideology, the left is where authority thrives, you follow morons like Kapernick and tell everyone to respect him, yet he can’t even speak for himself, publicly because he cant mentally compete with anyone who would challenge his agenda because he would lose and so what if someone is offended by their protest news flash that’s their right to be offended, so maybe both sides should respect each others rights. The media will keep beating the leftist drum of emotion to help stir up the simple minded.

  8. It’s so fun to throw out the fact that revenues were up without also reporting about expenses.

    Fact is, revenue is up because of the escalations in TV rights package for every single team by 5%. Yet the Packers reported an increase of 4.9%….

    But the real number to look at is actual profit. The Packers reported profits of $38.6 million in 2017, down from the $72.8 million in 2016. The reason stated for this in the report is a $27.1 million profit on the books in 2016 from relocation fees. The only problem with that is 72-27 does not = 38.

    The question should be what caused that extra loss in profits.

    But that doesn’t fit the narrative.

    Uh… revenues are up…

  9. Trump says, you’re welcome!! with such a thriving economy people have more money to spend.
    ——
    Except that Trump’s economy is no different than Obama’s. 2017 saw 2.1 mil jobs added. 2016 saw 2.2 and eek…2015 saw 2.5. Last year the economy expanded 2.3%. in 2015 it expanded 2.9% and 2014 it expanded 2.6%. So Trump’s numbers aren’t any different than Obama’s, if anything they’re a little lower, but now that it’s a republican behind it, you’re all giggly. It’s this kind of thinking that creates such a divide in this country.

  10. Lost revenue was a smoke screen for the real reason why some people are in an uproar of the protest during the anthem. We all know what the real problem is but still refuse to talk about it.

  11. You’re comparing the Packers revenue to the rest of the league tho. The pack have the 3rd highest grossing team in all of football (behind the cowboys and giants). They have a loyal fan base as well. Id be curious to see the other 31 teams and see if anyone’s revenue is down. I bet it is or the owners meeting to change the rule wouldnt have occurred.

  12. Denverallday37 hey cultist, Kap talks all of the time about the issues he is protesting. The problem is the right wing wackos are the ones not listening or too stupid to realize they are being mislead. history will not be kind to people who supporter traitors over the USA. #fakepatriots

  13. djteknision1200 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 9:23 am
    Lost revenue was a smoke screen for the real reason why some people are in an uproar of the protest during the anthem. We all know what the real problem is but still refuse to talk about it.

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    Goodell’s cheating and manipulation of the league, with constant rule changes, rules made up on the spot, grey area lawyer rules and of course, the framejobs of the Pats, Saints and Cowboys, all have created the most significant ratings downturn in NFL history, not in a strike or lockout situation.

    All of this unprecdented.

    I remember 10 years ago when MLB bragged how successful they are, but I kept talking about short term vs long term. Now look at MLB. They are having huge attendance and revenue issues due to arrogance and greed.

  14. Florio, please read Michael David Smith’s article from earlier today. He explains that revenue won’t decrease until the TV contracts are up in 2022. If ratings continue to decline, the revenue will follow at that time.

  15. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    July 17, 2018 at 9:52 am
    Florio, please read Michael David Smith’s article from earlier today. He explains that revenue won’t decrease until the TV contracts are up in 2022. If ratings continue to decline, the revenue will follow at that time.

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    Exactly. That’s what I said above. This Florio piece is cleared a directive from Goodell and NBC execs to try to deflect from lack of advertising bids and crumbling ratings the last 2 years.

    Peoples’ jobs are on the line here.

    But, the facts are the facts. A 3rd year in a row of blatant in your face cheating by Goodell would be a disaster.

    It was cheating NE in 2016 and then Dallas last year with the framejobs. The kneeling issue is ALSO a smeokescreen enteratined by the owners, to try to deflect from Goodell’s manipulation or attempted manipulation of the league to influence revenue.

    There is no way Goodell wanted to hand NE another Lombardi last year, hence the rules being ignored in the SB to spot them 14 points.

    He will keep doing it and doing it, and before you know it, the ratings will fall right off the cliff, and they’ll keep trying to blame other things for the drop in ratings, when streaming games has been around for years and years and years, kneeling isn’t even shown to enough viewers before the game is kicked off, domestic violence happens in every sport in every walk of life, and so forth.

    The real truth is, fans feel like they’re being treated like fools due to the manipulation and bastardization of the game they once loved.

    That’s the real reason and you’d think a Marketing major like Goodell would get this. Very suspicious he does not, and it’s more suspicious that he keeps doubling down with the cheating right in front of the customer.

  16. skolvikes says:
    July 17, 2018 at 9:19 am
    It’s so fun to throw out the fact that revenues were up without also reporting about expenses.

    Fact is, revenue is up because of the escalations in TV rights package for every single team by 5%. Yet the Packers reported an increase of 4.9%….

    But the real number to look at is actual profit. The Packers reported profits of $38.6 million in 2017, down from the $72.8 million in 2016. The reason stated for this in the report is a $27.1 million profit on the books in 2016 from relocation fees. The only problem with that is 72-27 does not = 38.

    The question should be what caused that extra loss in profits.

    But that doesn’t fit the narrative.

    Uh… revenues are up…

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    Ah ha! An intelligent person who knows when they’re being lied to. Good post.

  17. “Some would say, “Well, they’d be even higher but for the antics of Kaepernick and company.” Well, I’ll say it, and I’ll back it up – the NFL and my local team didn’t get my season ticket renewal money this year, for the first time in 12 years, and they’re never getting another dime out of me. For exactly the reason cited. And Florio knows damn well I’m far from the only one who was offended enough by the whole fiasco and the NFL’s mishandling of it to stay away moving forward.

  18. The question should be what caused that extra loss in profits.

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    Answer? Goodell cheating in 2016 and 2017, so brazenly, defaming Brady and Elliott, at the behest of certain powerful owners.

    It worked in 2017, with Philly being paved a way to their first SB, not having to face Elliott in the division and then being spotted 14 points in a SB to beat NE, with NE not having their 1st rd pick available to them to try to help them on the field.

    People are sick and tired of the games from 345 Park Ave.

  19. “Some would say, “Well, they’d be even higher but for the antics of Kaepernick and company.” Well, I’ll say it, and I’ll back it up – the NFL and my local team didn’t get my season ticket renewal money this year, for the first time in 12 years, and they’re never getting another dime out of me. For exactly the reason cited. And Florio knows damn well I’m far from the only one who was offended enough by the whole fiasco and the NFL’s mishandling of it to stay away moving forward.

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    what makes you think your season ticket purchase wasn’t replaced by that of someone else?

  20. tylawspick6 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Goodell’s cheating and manipulation of the league, with constant rule changes, rules made up on the spot, grey area lawyer rules and of course, the framejobs of the Pats, Saints and Cowboys, all have created the most significant ratings downturn in NFL history

    You sound like Trump and his conspiracy theories

  21. The patriots are not victims, they are disgraced pathological cheaters who need to be propped up by the refs who work for the owners like Goodell just to get to the superbowl where they lose to a backup.

    Everyone who saw the debacle where the refs rigged the games vs Jacksonville and pittsburgh is aware of this self evident fact.

    You’re not on the patriots and should find something productive to do with your time, which crying on the internet about victimhood fantasies is not.

  22. It’s definitely not the players, most of which would be in jail if not for football, and some still end up there. The gambling aspect is the primary reason for success and always will be.

  23. People have turned the NFL off for more reasons than the player protests. Goodell and his brand of heavy handed rule, being the judge, jury and executioner. He’s nothing more than a dictator in the way he runs the league.

    The greed of some players, like LeVeon Bell is another. It’s sickening and it’s pure greed. I’m not a fan of Tom Brady, but I respect him. He’d rather win another championship than get another $10,000,000. That’s making it about the team. Bell is about the “I” and the “me”. I have no respect for players like that.

  24. Patrick says:
    July 17, 2018 at 10:52 am
    The patriots are not victims, they are disgraced pathological cheaters who need to be propped up by the refs who work for the owners like Goodell just to get to the superbowl where they lose to a backup.

    Everyone who saw the debacle where the refs rigged the games vs Jacksonville and pittsburgh is aware of this self evident fact.

    You’re not on the patriots and should find something productive to do with your time, which crying on the internet about victimhood fantasies is not.

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    2010:
    Bill Cowher: “You know, let me just say this: To answer your question, no, I don’t think so (it’s not an advantage for one team over another).
    I just know as a head coach, you are always looking for a competitive edge. We had people out there trying to look at signals. We had guys go to games. They would tape the signal caller and also write it down. They would take it back and match up the signals with the game film and certain defenses with certain plays that were being called, particularly the defenses being called, to see if we could come up with some kind of an alert for a signal. So, what they did with videotaping the signal caller, people do it with the people in the stands!!
    These people sitting there in the stands, looking at the signal, writing it down and matching up the 1st and 10 signal. Ok? Then you go back again and the 2nd and 10 and here’s the signal. You do that for a whole game.
    You then go back and match up the defenses with the signal. And you can come up with what the signal was.
    So, you don;’t need a video tape with what they were talking about doing. And people were doing it. WE were doing that. Everybody does that. You’re TRYING to gain a competitive edge. There is nothing wrong with that.
    That’s why baseball players go through the mirage of signals. They’ve got all these different codes. That’s part of the competitive spirit of the game. I think it’s totally overblown. I think if you get caught (signals compromised), then do what we did and go to wristbands, you are worried about it. We started putting defenses on wristbands. Then you find a way to not get caught (signals compromised). When your good at something and people try steal from ya, I think it’s flattering.”

  25. As evidenced by the Green Bay Packers’ financial statements, which by law are required to be published every year because of the team’s publicly-owned nature, revenue continues to increase, despite the pearl clutching about Colin Kaepernick and those inspired by him taking advantage of a loophole/flaw that the NFL created nearly a decade ago when deciding to (wait for it) inject politics into football by bringing players out of the locker room for the national anthem, as part of the effort to wrap the shield in the flag.

    Wow Florio.

    That is such a bad run on sentence I could hardly read it.

    It’s like your all mad or something.

  26. tylawspick6 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 10:10 am
    The question should be what caused that extra loss in profits.

    ————————————

    It worked in 2017, with Philly being paved a way to their first SB, not having to face Elliott in the division and then being spotted 14 points in a SB to beat NE, with NE not having their 1st rd pick available to them to try to help them on the field.

    People are sick and tired of the games from 345 Park Ave.

    \\\\\

    That was humorous. Being spotted 14 points was because your defense was terrible.

    You guys looked like my Packers defense out there. Except even Bill couldn’t save you.

    But go ahead and blame Roger for the poor showing.

  27. There is a factual error in this column, where it says the NFL decided to “inject politics into football by bringing players out of the locker room for the national anthem.”

    The fact is, as anyone who’s regularly attended NFL games over the years can attest, players have been on the side lines during the flag and anthem ceremony for nearly every game dating back to 1946.

    Below is a link to a PolitiFact article clarifies the confusion, and here is the relevant passage of that piece:
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    “One aspect of this history that has spawned some confusion in recent days concerns a change made in 2009.

    “Until that year, players in primetime games would remain inside their locker rooms while the anthem was sung, due to timing concerns for the television networks. After 2009, the players in primetime games have been on the field during the anthem, McCarthy said.

    “But this change only affected primetime games. For all other games — typically held at 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. Eastern — players had already been stationed on the field for the national anthem. So the 2009 change simply applied to primetime games the rules that had already been in place for daytime games.”

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/sep/25/short-history-national-anthem-and-sports/

  28. To be 100% real I just read the headline and went directly to comments which I basically skimmed and saw the political winds of all things in this sad day and age. Football will always beat all other sports. I can complain all day long about the NFL and it doesn’t matter. I’ll watch every game I can. I also believe all the critics who stand on their soapbox and claim they don’t watch football anymore but seem to spend vast amounts of time venting here tune in every Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday if their team is playing…

  29. Thank you for posting that, sportssenterblog. I would add that players being on the sidelines during the playing of the national anthem had nothing to do with politics until certain players made standing for the anthem about politics.

  30. I wouldn’t expect that to be corrected, since it torpedoes the argument.

  31. I don’t think any teams will be filing for bankruptcy anytime in the foreseeable future however. Revenue is up because of the tv contracts. It has nothing to do with kneeling/not kneeling or the President. Sorry, liberals. The “decline” just doesn’t fit your narrative. Get over it. You are only butthurt because he’s not black or a woman. Next!

  32. pkrlvr says:

    July 17, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Trump says, you’re welcome!! with such a thriving economy people have more money to spend.
    ——
    Except that Trump’s economy is no different than Obama’s. 2017 saw 2.1 mil jobs added. 2016 saw 2.2 and eek…2015 saw 2.5. Last year the economy expanded 2.3%. in 2015 it expanded 2.9% and 2014 it expanded 2.6%. So Trump’s numbers aren’t any different than Obama’s, if anything they’re a little lower, but now that it’s a republican behind it, you’re all giggly. It’s this kind of thinking that creates such a divide in this country.

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    get those numbers from CNN

  33. Kind of remember hearing the Packers season ticket wait list shrunk big league in the last year and resell prices all over the map dropped as well. Lot of ticket agents took it in the seat last year. The protest league is far from being out of the woods of the Anti-America protest by it’s employees. Funny, 162 times a season, MLB players from all over the world stand and honor the anthem for a few minutes while the NFL employees can’t stand the sound of it. Sad.

  34. Maybe we should ask the stadium vendors, local establishments, apparel companies and hotels how they did. That would take some work so we will never see those numbers, because…you know….work.

  35. Just to correct the record:

    The Packers season ticket waiting period is a average of 30 years not “10 years” and well over 100,000 on the list with more added every year.

    Season tickets become availble when there is a death and even then it’s rare that someone comes off the list because most times the deceased leaves their tickets to a family member in their will.

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