Who is Paying Who?

What are the current NFLPA dues for active players?

Answer: As of the 2009 NFL season, active player dues were $10,000 per player.

There are 53-active players per team and 32 teams in the NFL. That amounts to 1,696 active players (not including practice squad players) in the NFL during any given season. When $10,000 is multiplied by 1,696 that amounts to $16,960,000. That is a lot of money the NFLPA rakes in to “take care” of its active players.

BUT…

Looking into the dues issue a little further begs this question, where do the active players get the $10,000 to pay their dues?

Answer: The owners who pay the players salary.

So if the owners pay the players, and the players pay the NFLPA, essentially the owners pay the NFLPA $16,960,000 per year! WOW! And the NFLPA is asking for more money from the owners to help fund and subsidize the causes of the NFLPA. That’s seems a bit lot contradictory for the owners to partake in such action.

With the looming lockout in sight for the 2011 NFL season, the NFLPA is contemplating increasing active player dues to $12,000 or $15,000 per active player in 2010, as a way of hiring attorneys to help fight against the owners (who essentially are already paying the NFLPA). An increase in dues to $12,000 or $15,000 would amount to $20,352,000 and $25,440,000 respectively. And what is is that players get for all of these dues? A memebrship card, a few mailed bullentins a year,  and a yearly bag of hats and t-shirts. That’s a lot of money for just a few items. And when a player becomes a retired member, his dues are $100 per year and guess what he gets for his memebership dues; a memebrship card, a few bullentins a year,  and a yearly bag of hats and t-shirts. Things that make you go, hmmmm!

At a time when players are getting roughly getting 60% of NFL revenues, increased player costs, and the NFLPA increasing it’s player dues, many may want to stop and think about the real challenges owners are facing despite many owners being multi-millionaires. Remember, this is still a business for profit, and no one goes into business to lose money.  Unless owners are able to get a grasp on increasing player costs and player revenues, the average fan will continue to be priced out of going to live games, because teams will continue to pass of these costs to customers by way of increased ticket costs and concessions.

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