SO, the NFL salary cap will raise an astonishing $12 million per team next season to a new total of $128. ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY EIGHT MILLION FUCKING DOLLARS. To put this in perspective, the average salaries of any two NFL teams exceeds the total salaries of all of the world’s professional rugby leagues AND the Canadian Football League combined.
If each of the NFL teams spend around the $128 million mark, the total salary for the league will be about $4.1 billion. The league’s revenue is about $5 billion which means the players will be eating up about 80% of total revenue. Looking at this strictly as a business model, one might think, “Oh well, it works out. The teams make a profit.” However, in reality, there is one big expense that teams do not cover: stadia. Instead, they basically blackmail their cities into paying for their stadium even though they COULD FUCKING FINANCE THEM THEMSELVES if they didn’t waste all their money on salaries.
This is not just a problem with the NFL, but also with the other big leagues of North America and the big soccer leagues of Europe. Newsflash: a team does not need a new stadium every 20 years! I admire Seattle for saying, “Fuck you” to the Supersonics when they demanded a new arena.
This sort of thing also makes me respect rugby even more. Perhaps it’s not by choice but rather because rugby is most popular in small countries or in countries where soccer dominates BUT rugby teams have very conservative payrolls by comparison. England’s Guinness Premiership has a per team salary cap of about £4 million, or about $8 million. This means the average salary is around $350,000 when converted to USD but is more like the equivalent of $200,000 within their own economy – not chump change to be sure, but not ridiculously excessive, either.