No preseason could mean $800 million in losses for NFL.
The NFL could suffer losses of up to $800 million if the owners’ lockout extends into the preseason, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
The website cited a tweet by NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, who said that about $200 million is generated during each of the four weeks of exhibition games. That money helps fund the league’s salary cap and players’ regular-season game checks.
PFT speculates that if players receive 48 percent of league revenues under a new collective bargaining agreement, the loss of the entire preseason would cause players to miss out on a shared pot of $384 million while owners would lose $416 million.
The first full week of exhibition games is scheduled to begin Aug. 11, four days after the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 7.