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Big gap in NFL labor standoff

When NFL labor talks broke off and the players' union decertified, word leaked out that the gap between the owners' last proposal and the players' last proposal might be as little as $185 million. The owners reportedly had dropped the amount they wanted as a give-back from players to $325 million per year. Union chief DeMaurice Smith said right after talks ended that the union was offering $137.5 million. It seems, however, there was a lot more to the story.

This was detailed in an item Sunday on the blog profootballtalk.com. According to PFT, the owners and players also were negotiating over how the growth in revenue would be split in the coming years, based on projections of the growth. So if in 2012, the revenue was projected to grow 4 percent and it wound up growing 10 percent, how would that extra 6 perecent be split? The owners were planning on taking the first 1.5 percent above the projection. How would the rest be split? The owners' last proposal didn't have any mechanism for splitting the revenue above the projection. So in reality, the two sides could be as much as $860 million a year apart on their positions.

This makes much more sense. If the standoff truly was about $185 million, or about $6 million per team per year, it would be hard to imagine the union going to "Defcon 4," and playing the decertification card. Here's a link to the details:

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/03/13/making-sense-of-the-financial-divide-between-the-two-sides/

---Mark Gaughan

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