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IS the NFL losing money...Jerry Richardson's 200M shortfall pie chart

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Now if they negotiate a rookie cap. Does the money saved go to veterans or does it go into the pockets of the owners?

Also I'm all for them fighting for retirement benefits. i do think they are compensated fairly though.

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You heard JR. Hes gotta eat. Thats all he wants, enough money to eat with.

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Give individual players a base salary based on the TV deals. the salaries increase based on revenues. Concessions, Jersey sales, ticket sales, parking, etc. They go up, salaries go up. Winning is directly linked to money.

I also think fines should go to player retirement account or emergency medical fund.

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If you think the NFL is losing money you are kidding yourselves. It is the most popular sport in the US and probably top two in the world. The big debate is over how the owners calculate the ROI. There is a billion dollars that the owners do not put into the equation. Not sure why, but they don't.

The big issue is the players want to see the books so they can see how much $ the owners are making. As I have said before, the tail doesn't wag the dog. I wouldn't show any of my employees how much my company made. If they don't like go play in Europe.

Just because it is the most popular, doesn't mean they are making money. A lot of NFL fans can watch and support their team for free. They don't have to buy shirts, tickets, or any other NFL paraphernalia.

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The real question is:

Jerry's Pie Chart Notepad Vs. Al Davis' Overhead Projector

Steelcage Deathmatch. Who wins?

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No one is losing money in the NFL. Owners or Players for that matter. Its just who gets the most on the pie chart is what the fuss is about.

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If the Panthers have $247 Million in Revenue, and only a $15 Million Profit the owners are getting raped. Especially given they are in the Entertainment business.

Thats a 6% Profit Margin, not far away from losing money. One big terrorist attack or Great Depression away from being screwed financially.

The Charlotte Observer operates on around a 40% Profit Margin by comparison.

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If the Panthers have $247 Million in Revenue, and only a $15 Million Profit the owners are getting raped. Especially given they are in the Entertainment business.

Thats a 6% Profit Margin, not far away from losing money. One big terrorist attack or Great Depression away from being screwed financially.

The Charlotte Observer operates on around a 40% Profit Margin by comparison.

I think he referenced TV revenues. Ticket sales, concessions, merchandice, etc. were not included.

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I'm looking at the Forbes numbers, if reading that right the Panthers are operating on a 6% profit margin last year.

Bottom line is the Players/union takes None of the business Risk, but want to dictate their wages and use force through the threat of a Strike to get what they want, something they fundamentally, morally do not have a Right to.

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Now if they negotiate a rookie cap. Does the money saved go to veterans or does it go into the pockets of the owners?

Also I'm all for them fighting for retirement benefits. i do think they are compensated fairly though.

I thought I read that there was something like $200MM extra if a rookie scale is in place. What I couldn't understand is that the owners agreed to relenquish those monies, but were still debating whether it went to retired health benefits or current veteran salaries, which seems like it would be more of an internal player issue?

Maybe someone can enlighten me?

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