An 18-game schedule only works if owners share the revenue

The NFL logo on the field during the Dallas Cowboys 35-22 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Texas Stadium on November 23,2008 Photo via Newscom

Reports have surfaced today that NFL owners support going to an 18-game schedule, but want the change to be implemented as part of the new labor agreement.

That’s great news for fans, which have made the NFL the most popular sport in the country. That’s also great news for the owners, who will get addition revenue from the expanded schedule.

But this idea will only work if the players get a see a cut of the revenue that will be generated by adding two more regular season games.

In the end, money talks and it’s unsurprisingly the main sticking point between the owners and the players union when it comes to the new labor agreement. The owners want the players to take a pay cut because of the economy, but before the union agrees on anything, it rightfully wants to see how much profit the owners have made over the last year. After all, if the owners are still generating a profit, then why should the players have to take a pay cut?

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