So the NFL signed a new contract with the networks in 2011 to extend them through 2022, with the "supposed" New money to kick in during the 2014 season. Cap relief many teams have been expecting, as they've redone contracts and pushed their "dead money" forward. The cap has literally remained the same for 3 years now. For 2013 its going to be 121.1 mil, a measly $500k increase.
Today the ravens president said they expect the cap to remain flat through next year too, increasing to around $122 mil. Wait, what??? Where is the players cut of the extra 1.1 billion per year the new tv gave the NFL? Did the networks backload the deal?
Even better question is what did the league tell the players when they signed the new cba, with all the givebacks they made? I can't believe they told them the cap would remain flat for 4 years. That's longer than the average career of an NFL player.
I'll say this, every team that has an established top tier paid qb is in cap hell right now (Broncos may not be, I believe they rolled forward a good bit from 2011 to absorb the new pm contract, IIRC). The ravens are about to join this group. Seems with that said,.even the owners didn't expect the cap to be flat this long...
I couldn't find a copy of the tv rights deal, has anyone else seen it anywhere? I've only read the $3 bil per year figure starting in 2014. If that's the case how does the league's income from tv increase over 50% but the cap increases less than 10%?? Any ideas?