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It's not often I agree with PFT, but this time I do.

PFT: Players Asking Too Much

It’s very rare that I agree with anything Mike Florio says. He seems like a nice enough guy and I both respect the path he took build a hugely successful blog and the work he puts into covering the NFL. That being said I think he’s a bit of a prig and for a guy with a law degree pays little to no mind to concept of innocent until proven guilty. In the court of Mike Florio, you are guilty (and go on the turd-watch list) as soon as the report comes across the news wire.

However, I do feel Florio is on point today in saying the NFLPA wants to much with regard to their requests for financial transparency. The league now seems to be doing more than enough to accommodate them, as Florio says, the key is the league’s willingness to confirm the information with a third party, independent firm. The league is giving more than sufficient information now on a team-by-team basis and seems to be open to pulling the curtain back even more. As Florio says:

And that’s all the union needs.  Detailed reports regarding team-specific expenses aren’t necessary, unless the union hopes to micromanage team-level business decisions — or to cause trouble by finding a way to leak certain aspects of the expense information to the media.

A fair point, and on that was also brought up by one of our commenters, Mike, earlier today.

The NFL clubs don’t really want the rest of the league to know about their financial staus, with revenue sharing at issue. Also, something that is rarely considered is the fact that the owners {& often their kids) are officers of a closely-held corporation, & just how much are they getting paid off the top,before you hit the net income??

I have to say, I agree. At this point the cry for more transparency is beginning to look more like a hollow attempt to drum up some more public support. You can check out Florio’s full take on this by clicking below.



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