Hey remember when NFL owners were crying about revenue and there was a lockout? Well those days are over because for the first time, last season, NFL teams equally divided more than $6 billion in revenue.
Since the Green Bay Packers are the only public team, they were required to reveal their financial records.
Darren Rovell of ESPN.com did some backwards math to determine that the $187.7 million received by the Packers in national revenue means that the league divided a whopping $6 billion among the 32 teams from April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.
That cash comes largely from the national TV contracts with NBC, ESPN, FOX, CBS, and DirecTV. The wireless deal with Verizon also pumps up the number, as does the 34-percent chunk of ticket sales that go to the visiting team in name, but that as a practical matter are pooled for revenue sharing.
The national revenue dollars each team received continues to climb dramatically increasing up 56 percent, factoring for inflation, since 2006.
The most significant jump will happen next season, as new television deals with each of the league’s partners, along with the new CBS Thursday Night package, pushes the league’s media revenue from the networks alone to an average of more than $5 billion a season.
That doesn’t include the league’s $1 billion a year contract with DirecTV, which expires at the end of the 2014 season and is currently being renegotiated.
– Shaina Auxilly (@Shay_Marie)