Rockefeller Asks NFL Owners to Open Financial Books

The chairman of the “Senate Commerce Committee is urging NFL owners to open their financial books to the players union, arguing that will help resolve a labor dispute that is threatening next season’s games,” the AP reports.

"Reluctantly, I have come to the conclusion that the only way to sort out this stalemate is for the owners and the league to answer the biggest sticking point: money," Sen. Jay Rockefeller wrote in a Washington Post opinion column on Friday. "What I’d like to see from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners is a simple display of good faith: Show the union your books. Don’t keep secrets. If there are financial pressures that keep you from agreeing to the revenue-sharing plan proposed by the players, let’s see the proof."

Rockefeller, D-W.Va., suggested that a neutral third party review the financial data, remove anything sensitive and prepare an assessment of the league’s finances.

The biggest sticking point “between the two sides is how to divide about $9 billion in annual revenues.”

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