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IS REVENUE-SHARING BATTLE LOOMING IN THE NFL?
Published May 15, 1995
"A major league beef could be brewing over a revenue-sharing plan" that the NFL's owners will discuss during league meetings later this month in Jacksonville, according to Will McDonough in Sunday's BOSTON GLOBE. McDonough writes that the plan has upset many owners, including the Cowboys' Jerry Jones. Jones, on revenue sharing: "To me, I don't see how it can be done fairly. Every team has its own problems and its own way of doing business. ... Under the present plan, my team would pay money while Leon Hess, who owns the Jets and has more money than I will ever think of having, will be getting money from me. Some of the so-called low-gross teams are in markets like New York and Los Angeles, and they would be getting money while teams like the Cowboys and others at the top of the high end would be paying." McDonough reports that "no team would be asked to pay more than $3 million, and no team would receive more than $3 million." The plan would also take around $9M from the new premium seating deals in Carolina, St. Louis and Jacksonville and $13M from "the more successful financial teams" in the league (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/14).