Posted by Andy Benoit
Albert Breer of NFL Network has uncovered some more details regarding the financial transparency issues that came to the forefront of the labor negotiations on Tuesday. With more info and clarity likely to trickle out soon, we’ll relay Breer’s series of tweets for now:
Details on offer from NFL to NFLPA: League offered aggregated top-line financials -- not team-by-team -- over 5-year period (2005-09).
NFLPA wanted team-by-team financials, containing stadium and overhead information that pertains to cost credits proposed.
NFL made concession on profitability information, what Pash alluded to in saying info available now is more than ever before.
NFLPA declined to look at that info, b/c they don't want to look at any of it until their folks deem what's offered is enough to do a deal.
And so you have your stalemate.
What the players are saying, in short, is that they want to see each team’s financial books. What the owners are saying is, they'll give the players a snapshot look at their books as a whole, but not broken down by team.
The likely reason the owners don’t want to go team by team is because they don’t want to show each other their books. (Bob Kraft doesn’t want Dan Snyder knowing his financial details, Dan Snyder doesn’t want Jerry Jones knowing his financial details, etc.)
The question the NFLPA must figure out is, can aggregated financial information be sufficient for their negotiating purposes?
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