Tag:Ralph Wilson
Posted on: July 2, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2011 8:13 pm

Jerry Jones: Revenue sharing is 'on it's way out'

Posted by Will Brinson

The matter of sharing revenue is a big deal for the NFL and NFLPA. In fact, most people would probably agree it's the biggest deal with respect to the current labor negotiations.

However, the issue of revenue sharing between owners is also a tremendous obstacle that the owners have to overcome before finding common ground with the players.

And if you think it's not a problem, then you haven't heard Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talk about how the rest of the owners are helping to pay for the Vikings new stadium.

"Right now, we are subsidizing this market," Jones said, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It's unthinkable to think that you've got the market you got here - 3.5 million people - and have teams like Kansas City and Green Bay subsidizing the market. That will stop.

"That's going to stop. That's on its way out."

As Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal noted on Twitter, there's a reason why this subject has not been written about much despite being an important matter: the owners aren't going to budge off their stance.

Well, at least the rich(er) ones anyway: Jones and the rest of the owners with extraordinary deep pockets were talked into revenue sharing for the first time in the last CBA deal.

And such distribution of money, along with the revenue split given to the players, was precisely why they opted out of the deal that they agreed to back in 2006. (Ironically, Mike Brown of the Bengals and Ralph Wilson of the Bills were the only two owners to oppose the deal.)

It's also one of the unstated obstacles to a new CBA; you might hear talk from ownership of player factions during this process, but the notion that the owners are completely unified is just silly.

There are owners who want more money from other owners, and there are owners who don't want go hand out additional money simply because they're more committed to generating revenue by investing in their product.

From a negotiating standpoint, this is problematic, because the various factions of owners have differing viewpoints on splitting up the $2 billion pie of revenue.

But it's something that'll have to be bridged before the NFL and NFLPA can reach a deal; and Jones' hardline stance could be an indication that everyone's on the same page.

Or an ominous forewarning that there's some clear-cut dissonance amongst owners on the topic.

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Posted on: June 23, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 4:33 pm

Hot Routes 6.23.11: Lost in translation

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • What happens to the Bills once Ralph Wilson no longer owns the team? Could they be readying themselves for a move to L.A.?
  • The disorderly person case involving Titans WR Kenny Britt was adjourned until July 12, the Hoboken (N.J.) Municipal Court told the Tennessean.
  • If you donate to the United Way to help those affected by the Massachusetts tornados, the Patriots will match it. Up to $100,000.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:06 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 12:36 pm

Hot Routes 6.13.11: Nice payday for De Smith

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The Sports Business Journal reports today that NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith made $2.45 million last year and that his current term ends next March. Depending on how this lockout plays out, I wonder if he’ll get much opposition for another term.
  • Before the NFL Draft, Jets RB Shonn Greene didn’t know what the team had planned for him next year. But after coach Rex Ryan announced he would be the main guy in the backfield, Greene said he now knows the kind of confidence his coaches have in him.
  • AEG is doing everything it can to woo a team to Los Angeles, but the Bills are not on the immediate list for relocation. However, the Buffalo News points out that when owner Ralph Wilson dies the organization could be a viable candidate to leave Buffalo.
  • 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is optimistic about the labor situation. He thinks a deal can be done by early July.

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Posted on: May 16, 2011 10:26 pm

Ralph Wilson has been vindicated

Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson was one of two owners not to sign a CBA extension in 2006 (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When presented with the extension of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2006, Bills owner Ralph Wilson wasn’t interested in signing it. It didn’t matter that 30 of the league’s 32 owners gave their approval – Bengals owner Mike Brown was the other dissenter – Wilson didn’t think it was a good deal for the owners.

Now, the rest of the NFL agrees with him and Brown.

Before the rest of the owners caught up to him, Wilson was saying the deal was too rich for the players (though the New York Daily News points out that others DID agree with him but signed the CBA extension anyway) and he didn’t like the revenue sharing plan that he felt didn’t give small-market teams enough money.

"I came into this game 50 years ago because I enjoyed the game of pro football. Not to make money," Wilson told the Daily News. "In those days, everybody was hoping to break even. We lost money for a number of years. I am really not into the game to make money, but I would like to break even or make a little."

Wilson actually bought his spot in 1960 in the first year of the old American Football League, and for a few years, the NFL’s competitor barely stayed afloat. Eventually, the AFL began beating out the NFL to sign the top stars coming out of college and had the NFL worried enough that they agreed to an NFL-AFL merger in 1966.

Wilson, these days, is 92 years old, doesn’t catch many Bills games in person and doesn’t have a role in the current negotiations. But he’s hoping like hell none of the season will be lost to the current lockout.

"I hope the sides come to an agreement," he said. "I hope they can. I miss football like millions of other people."

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