In a season with no fans how much did each team lose? Well, nothing. The latest numbers I could find are from 2019, but this is the breakdown. The average worth of an NFL franchise was $2.86 billion, up 11% from the previous year. In 2018 the value increased by 7%. If you think those numbers went down they may very well have, but I’d bet large not by much. So even in a down year your franchise is now worth $150 million more than the previous season. Then you have the TV revenue…
“Fitch says the NFL estimates each team’s media revenue at $250 million per season. The number gets bigger later in the contract, and each deal is set to expire in the next two years.”
“Ganis estimates each team’s average of stadium-related revenue — tickets, parking, concessions, sponsorships and merchandise among other things — at $130 million annually. The midway point in Forbes magazine’s most recent analysis of stadium incomes for all 32 teams was about $150 million.”
So, if you take the $150 million out of the TV revenue it leaves you with $100 million. Now add the $150 million from the net increase of your franchise, $250 million. Your salary cap is basically $200 million, that leaves you $50 million to pay the other bills.
A wash. maybe. Did you lose money, I doubt it.
“Fitch Ratings recently affirmed its “A-plus” credit mark for the NFL and its properties while noting that the league had approved raising the borrowing limit for each club to $500 million from $350 million.”
Although those numbers are generally meant for capital improvements like stadiums, etc, the point is that loan rates are at all time lows and there is money available for any team that can’t pay their freight and we’re only 2 years away from a new TV contract. NO NFL team has ever “lost” money in modern times, there isn’t a team out there that will have to sell because of 2020. I fully expect that 2021 will see numbers that are very close to “normal”.
So, what does that mean for the cap? Well, I think Deadstroke is right that the cap will remain the same for this season, but the owners will use that to get their 17th game and possibly other concessions. The players are likely to get quite the haircut if they’re FA’s this year, and the teams with money are likely to get some serious deals. We’ve seen the lists on here of who we would all like to kick to the curb and there’s some serious money at stake. This is not a bad time to renegotiate existing players as well, like Flowers. The “re-build” can get kicked into high gear this off season if we have the money to go shopping. This is not a time to be shy.