Just a reminder that the National Football League management and ownership are all repugnant, hyper-rich assholes who destroy lives on a daily basis.
The National Football League has been ordered to return what its union calculates is more than $100 million to the pool of revenue that it shares with its players.
The ruling, handed down last week by arbitrator Stephen Burbank, found that the NFL owners had mischaracterized what Players Association officials say is roughly $120 million of ticket revenue during the past three years by creating an exemption that had the effect of keeping about $50 million in salary out of players’ pockets. The NFL Players Association, which discovered the discrepancy during an ongoing audit of league finances, filed a grievance on the matter in January.
“They created an exemption out of a fiction and they got caught,” saidDeMaurice Smith,executive director of the NFLPA.
NFL officials would not confirm the figure. In an email, Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the NFL, referred to the ruling as the resolution of a “technical accounting issue under the CBA involving the funding of stadium construction and renovation projects.” He stated that the main effect was one of timing.
The ruling is the latest in a series of legal victories for the NFLPA over the league, including last year’s U.S. District Court ruling that overturned Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the controversy known as “Deflate-gate.”
This dispute stemmed from provisions of the collective bargaining agreement that allow NFL teams to exclude certain money from the pool that determines its players’ share of revenues. Players receive 40% of local revenues, which mainly come from tickets sales, 45% of sponsorship money, revenues from the post-season and NFL Ventures, such as NFL.com and the NFL Network, and 55% of the revenues from media deals.
Teams can exclude money from the sale of personal seat licenses, premium seating, and from mega-deals with corporations to put their names on stadiums. The NFLPA agreed to these exclusions because teams often use these funds to help finance renovations and the construction of new stadiums, which significantly increase revenue and the amount of money that gets shared with the players.
Say what you will about the NFL players all being millionaire scumbags, and for the most part they are spoiled, rich hyperbros who wreck everything in their paths in the name of fleeting glory and fame.
But they will never hold a candle next to the burning sun that is the hell of billionaire NFL owners, arguably among the most rancid human excrement on earth. Not content with their own billions, they sought to steal even more from their employees, tens of millions of dollars.
And in the end we pay them all to light up our televisions and tablets with glorified violence at the costs of cities, bodies, and souls.
They can all burn in hell, frankly.