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NFL Players Files Countersuit Against CBS In Fantasy Squabble
Published September 11, 2008
|NFL Players Files Countersuit Against
CBS Over Fantasy Football Dispute
DETAILED AGREEMENT: As part of the filing, NFL Players also included the full text of its fantasy licensing agreement with CBS Interactive for the year ended February 29, 2008, providing a level of detail surpassing even U.S. Labor Department documents that showed CBS paid the union a total of $1.49M during the period. The contract called for CBS Interactive to pay a guaranteed royalty payment of $700,000, a 8.5% royalty payment for net fantasy subscription-based revenues less that guaranteed sum, and royalties garnered from free, advertising-supported leagues. The free-league royalty schedule called for a payment of $0.11 for each of the first 500,000 registered players not in a CBS fee-based league, $0.09 for each player in the next half-million registrants, and $0.07 for every player thereafter.