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Peter King on M&M: Supplemental revenue sharing ‘totally meaningless’

07.22.11 at 4:38 pm ET
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Sports Illustrated’s Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni Friday morning to talk about the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement negotiations. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

King said that supplemental revenue sharing — something that apparently has become a sticking point in negotiations — is “totally meaningless” to the players.

“Supplemental revenue sharing was basically put in this deal so that lower revenue teams — Cincinnati, Minnesota, Kansas City — so that those teams basically share some of the revenue from the larger teams,” King said. “It doesn’t matter to the players. It has no meaning, no significance whatsoever to the players.”

“The players are going to make 47 1/2 percent of the gross revenue. It doesn’t matter whether the Kansas City Chiefs pull in 195 or 165 million. It doesn’t matter at all. If you’re a player, what do you care if Jerry Jones gives 20 million for signage in his stadium to the lower-revenue teams. You’re still going to get a percentage of that 20 million. That’s what was so baffling last night, was to hear them make an issue of that. It’s totally meaningless.”

King said that because supplemental revenue sharing doesn’t matter, the NFLPA delaying its vote is “baffling” to both him and the owners. He described Thursday night following the owners’ vote as “filled with curveballs.”

King said he did not know when the players would vote on the new CBA — although it would not be Friday out of respect for the funeral of Myra Kraft — he said that “if the players are not in training camp as a whole by about next Friday, I would anticipate you lose Week 1 of the preseason.” King added that even if they are in camp by next weekend, there still might not be a preseason Week 1.

Because these negotiations have shortened free agency and rookie-signing periods, King said: “Everything is going to be done on a conditional basis.”

“Undrafted rookie free agents can be signed, but they’ll be signed under the condition that the players have to ratify the CBA so they can put all the regular work rules into place.”

Those regular work rules are especially important in terms of drug and conduct policies.

“If they played with no union, all 32 teams would be free to have whatever drug policy they wanted,” King said. “The Minnesota Vikings could say, ‘Hey wait a second. We’re going to allow players to do HGH and steroids.’ The New England Patriots are going to say, ‘Hey, we’re banning them.’ ”

King also said that while individual players might not know everything in the new CBA, it’s unlikely that the union’s executive board was unaware of something major or was fooled by the owners.

“Just because the player representatives wouldn’t know every point does not mean that the players’ executive board which negotiated this didn’t know it,” King said.

“If I’m voting on something, and I’m part of a union, quite honestly, I’m probably not going to read the whole 250 pages,” King said. “But I’m going to know enough of it, I’m going to trust my leadership to be able to tell me whether it’s fair or not.”

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