Union website says salary cap essentially equals 60 percent of total revenue

Spokesman George Atallah of the NFL Players Association was interviewed by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio this morning on The Dan Patrick Show  following an earlier interview with NFL outside labor counsel Bob Batterman.

Said Atallah, “The question I have for owners is ‘why do you keep telling the fans the players get 60 cents of each dollar when it’s just not true?’”

That number, however, is cited on the union’s website in its Frequently Asked Questions section. Below is the question and answer as it appears on the NFLPA website:

What is behind the NFL Salary Cap?

In return for agreeing to free agency, the owners got a Salary Cap which was first implemented in 1994. The Salary Cap is essentially equal to 60% of Total Revenues and includes both player salaries and benefits. Prior to 1993, NFL players historically received an average of about 40 to 50% of the league’s revenues in salaries and benefits. Under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, however, players are guaranteed a minimum of 50% of Total Revenues at least through 2009. This is perhaps the greatest benefit achieved in the CBA.

For the full FAQs from the site, click here.

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