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Former GM: Owners deserve labor victory

NFL owners are too rich already. They don’t deserve more than 50 percent of the revenue. Not true, according to a former NFL executive.

NFL owners are too rich already. They don’t deserve more than 50 percent of the revenue.

Not true, according to a former NFL executive.

“You don’t know the whole story,” said Susan Tose Spencer, who served as the Philadelphia Eagles’ vice president, legal counsel and GM in 1984. “There are lot of incidental and infrastructural costs that fans don’t even think about.”

Cross-country flights, for example. If an East Coast team has two games in California, that could cost $1 million.

Like drinking beer at games? The owners have to pay concession workers. They also have to pay cheerleaders, physical therapists and the guys who paint the field.

“Can you imagine asking all your employees to take a 50 percent pay cut?” Spencer said. “It would be tough to explain, after you told them to put their guns down.”

Spencer was involved in labor meetings during the NFL’s 1982 work stoppage.

They played football, but a players’ strike cut the season to nine games.

“Everyone lost money,” said Spencer.

Especially owners. Some had to borrow money from banks to keep their organizations afloat.

 
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