Unsurprisingly, the latest development in the longest work stoppage in NFL history, has to do with money, vis a vis, how to properly distribute it between the NFL’s players and owners.
Players requested $707 million in damages from television revenue on Thursday in the courtroom of Judge David Doty in Minneapolis. Doty listened to arguments from lawyers representing both players and the NFL over the pool of TV revenue, which amounts to around $4 billion.
The players’ argue that the league illegally renegotiated television contracts for the 2011 season, thereby locking down a “war chest” fund of the aforementioned $4 billion.
A decision isn’t expected from Judge Doty until next week at the earliest, and the judge--who has presided over a number of NFL matters over the years--seems none too pleased that this latest issue, between players and owners, is an issue at all.
"I'll be honest with you,” Doty told both sides in his opening remarks on Thursday, per the USA Today. “I didn't think we would have have this hearing, and I'm a bit disappointed we are having it.”
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