At the Super Bowl, union chief DeMaurice Smith said that the league was proposing an 18 percent rollback in player salaries and the idea out there was that the players’ share of the revenue would drop from 60 percent to 42 percent (An 18 percent cut off their number would actually make the total cut 49.2 percent). Kraft addressed the inaccuracies.
“We have the greatest sport going in America and both sides have to be smart enough to build a partnership. I think there are some things that were misunderstood,” Kraft said. “We’re asking for cost recognition, because we want to be able to go out and take risks and build a business. I think it was interpreted that off of 60 percent. We’re asking for 18 percent cost recognition. … I think there’s a misunderstanding there.”
One thing he was quick to admit was that, back in 2006, all but the two owners voting against the new CBA (Mike Brown, Ralph Wilson) made a mistake. The idea now, he says, is to rectify it.
“We did a bad deal in ’06,” Kraft said. “We had an opportunity after four years to opt out, and that’s what we’ve done. We really want to make it right. The bottom line on this deal, in the new deal, is 75 percent of all the revenue has gone to the players since ’06. We just can’t survive doing that. It means we’re not gonna take risks, and that’s not good.”