Source: Owners, players discussing almost 50/50 revenue split |

ROSEMONT, Ill. — NFL owners and players are discussing an almost straight split of income in the next collective bargaining agreement that would net the players just less than 50 percent of total revenues.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press the players’ share would approach the 50 percent the NFL Players Association has said it has received throughout the past decade. The expense credits — about $1 billion last year — that the league takes off the top would also disappear.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are supposed to be confidential. The owners held a special meeting Tuesday to discuss proposals made in recent negotiations with the players.

Also, there would no longer be “designated revenues” from which the players would share, the person said. Instead, the players would share from the entire pie, which they project will grow significantly over the course of the new CBA, which is expected to run anywhere from six to 10 years. So if the players are taking 48 percent or more of a much higher revenue stream — without the initial NFL deduction for operating expenses — the players still would receive far more money than they got under the previous agreement.

A salary floor keeping teams within 90 percent of the cap also would be included. The players have been concerned that some teams whose revenue streams don’t match up with the richer clubs would try to hold down salary spending.

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