Remember when the owners thought they could abolish the "supplemental pool" of shared revenue since 2010 is an uncapped year? Probably not, but I do. Anyway, the "SRS" is not a huge deal, just a side pocket of about $215 million that must be distributed among the teams and gives an extra boost to small market squads (we need the dues!).
Well, anyway, turns out they won't be abolishing that. From Chris Mortensen ESPN:
The NFL Players Association won a decision Monday from Special Master Stephen Burbank that will prevent league owners from dismantling the supplemental revenue sharing (SRS) pool in 2010, as management had planned. The pool was valued at $210 million in 2009 and $220 million for 2010.
Not sure of the details (though I guarantee you Katie is) but assuming it's divided equally that's about $6.5 million per team (though, of course, some of the revenue contributed clearly comes from the Bengals, so you'd have to net some out). For a small, family owned team, not a bad little windfall. Every dollar helps Katie to pay the estate tax bill when Mikey & Nancy die after all!
Anyway, strangely enough, Mortensen takes a comedy angle with the rest of the article. Check out this passage:
...the ruling, if upheld, should motivate low-revenue clubs to participate in spending on its own players and potential free agents
Zing! The Bengals motivated to spend? Oh man. That's rich. Wait there's more?
The union was concerned about [low-revenue clubs] incentive to spend with an uncapped year and a looming lockout by the owners in 2011...This means a more vibrant outlook for players, teams and fans and now we'll monitor how the market behaves.
Hahahaha! OMG!! LMFAO!!! Seriously, Morty, you gotta stop. I'm dying over here. Let me know how "monitoring" the Bengals free agent market goes.
Seriously though, I'm glad for this turn of events. Clearly the result of Karma paying back Mikey for the "concessions" made to the county over the stadium deal he negotiated with himself.