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Mark Maske
Staff Writer

Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

Don't Fret About the NFL


No professional sports league in America operates independently from the U.S. economy. No business in the country does. The NFL, like everyone else, is feeling the pinch these days. Many of its customers have less money to spend on entertainment, so the NFL must fight to keep its revenues at accustomed levels.

But the sport remains better situated than most. Its biggest source of revenue is its national television contracts, and most of those are locked in at least through the 2011 season. Those deals make the NFL about $3.7 billion per season.

Forbes magazine just put the average estimated value of an NFL franchise at more than $1 billion.

Don't worry too much about pro football.

However, there is possible labor unrest on the horizon, and the NFL is searching for ways to generate more revenues. The push to add a game or two to the regular season within the next few years, making it either 17 or 18 games long, is an attempt to bolster revenues.

So people within the sport certainly are concerned. They're looking for money-making solutions to the problems that the state of the economy is creating.

But no one should spend any sleepless nights fretting that the NFL won't come up with new ways to make money.

By Mark Maske  |  September 16, 2008; 6:49 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I really have no problem with all the money they make for playing football four months a year, to bad I couldn't get away with this type of employment.

Posted by: Dan | September 17, 2008 8:36 AM

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