According to Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports, who quoted Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal, "arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled last week that the NFL withheld about $120 million in ticket revenue from a shared pool, which the report said kept about $50 million in salary from players."
Schwab continued be saying "the dispute came from a provision in the collective bargaining agreement that allows teams to exclude money from the shared pool from personal seat licenses, premium seating and naming rights to stadiums."
Per Futterman, when questioned about the event, NFL Spokesman Brian McCarthy stated, "technical accounting issue under the CBA involving the funding of stadium construction and renovation projects," led to the misplace of more than $120 million.
Schwab concluded that when the money is returned to the NFLPA, the 2016 NFL salary cap could increase by as much as $1.5 million.
That may not seem like a lot for a NFL player, but for teams like the Patriots that like to maneuver the cap in order to maximize their efficiency, that is a good amount of dough.
Overall, this is a terrible look for the league. In 2014, according to CNN.com, the NFL's total revenue was $12 billion dollars, which is increasing as we speak. The NFL as a corporation is a powerhouse for money, and for them to withhold money from the players that make their lives so luxurious is frankly sad.
These guys put their bodies on the line every single Sunday, and the NFL does not even have the decency to pay the NFLPA what it deserves. McCarthy and the NFL can say it was a technicality, but I truly believe that the NFL was trying to pull a fast one on everyone.
As if $12 billion wasn't enough...
How does the NFL expect fans (and players) to trust the league after Deflategate, the Ray Rice fiasco, the Peyton Manning controversy and now this? It just shows how cripplingly addicted we are to football. Will you stop watching because of this? Because I won't.