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Reggie Bush can't outrun the league

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by thegrifter, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

    I don't think I ever had more than a quarter when I was 12.
  2. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    The NFL proves once again it is America's finest example of a facist institution.
  3. Riddick

    Riddick Active Member

    it will not be televised. It will not be televised.
  4. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Stupid facism. Is that like racism?
  5. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Zeke.

    I thought I was losing my mind.

    This thread is essentially a 21 year old D-B.
  6. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Actually, you are wrong. The salary cap is a set percentage of league revenue. I don't have the specifics in front of me, and I don't feel like looking, but before the new collective bargaining agreement, which increased that percentage, the players were getting about 65 percent of league revenue. Included in that revenue is the money from licensing deals, like the ones that the NFL has with Reebok, Nike and now Under Armour. The players actually benefit more from the licensing deal than the owners do--they see a greater percentage of that money. The NFL may indeed be the "no fun league," but there has been a definite method to their madness. They are the strongest league financially because of their savvy in negotiating licensing deals. And the players as a whole have greatly benefited from it.
  7. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    The league should have told Peyton "no" just because him wearing high-tops would have sullied the legacy of Johnny U., who actually won a big game or two.
  8. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member

    Ragu, as with anything that deals with accounting, I'm going to be a little skeptical on the players receiving a full 65%. I could definitely be wrong on this, but nothing ownership of any sports team says has ever accurately reflected what their true financial status is.
  9. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    I must admit, hondo, that made me laugh...
  10. Chuck~Taylor

    Chuck~Taylor Active Member

    Yeah, but have you seen his commercials. I'm telllin' ya, that Peyton is one jokester.

  11. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    It's not BS, Pastor. The collective bargaining agreement is what it is. But either way, look at it in real dollars. The NFL salary cap this year is $102.5 million per team. That means there is a total of close to $4 billion being put toward player salaries. Whatever percentage of league revenues that represents--and it is greater than 65 percent, whether people want to believe it or not--it's still a lot of money. And that money doesn't exist without the league making money; the salary cap is set as a percentage of revenue.

    Keep in mind that the salary cap has about doubled in the last 8 years, as league revenues have gone through the roof. The TV deals have accounted for a lot of that, but the way they've handled their licensing arrangements has contributed greatly too. At one time, the NFL was handing out licensing deals like crazy. They've whittled down the number of licensees, and the result has been that by giving degrees of exclusivity, they realized they can earn more overall.

    When the typical person sees that Reggie Bush isn't allowed to show the Adidas logo on his cleat, it sounds like the league is being overly authoritarian. It does sound kind of lame, even to me. But there is sound financial reasoning behind it. I don't know the particulars of Reebok's deal with the NFL, but they are getting bled to the tune of millions of dollars. Among other things, they are essentially paying an obscene amount of money to make sure that Adidas' logo isn't seen on an NFL field. And in the end, because there is a salary cap that is based on overall league revenues, this is most definitely a case where the owners, the league, the players--really, everyone--benefits.
  12. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    Great, let's have a "Spiderman 2" logo at the 50-yard line. Players, management, the fans, Spidey — everyone will benefit.
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