NFL players who protested police brutality on Sunday are likely to be paid in full, but they may be getting some extra perks as they work out a new collective bargaining agreement.
The union that represents NFL players filed a new grievance against the league saying players should get a share of the profits from tickets sold at NFL games and other revenue generated by the league’s players’ social media accounts.
The players’ union, which is in talks with the NFL, has threatened to sue the league over the proposed pay increases.
The NFL and players’ representatives have yet to come to an agreement.
The league says it wants to increase revenue by $100 million a year to cover the costs of police protection.
The union, however, says the plan is too expensive.
The NFL said Sunday that the players union was filing the new grievance on the heels of a recent meeting of the union’s executive committee that included several NFL players and coaches.
The players had previously sought $50 million for police protection from the league.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the union has yet to negotiate with him.
The owners, meanwhile, have said they will not raise salaries.NFL players have been protesting police brutality and racial injustice by taking part in sit-ins, boycotts and peaceful demonstrations since at least the summer.
The protests have spread across the United States and have included players, coaches and owners who have joined together to demand justice for Brown, the black man who was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.
The league said Sunday the proposed increases in revenue are not part of a broader package of revenue-sharing increases it had sought but said the players’ group had been in negotiations with the union.
The $50-million increase is the first of the proposed revenue-splitting increases and would be applied to revenue from ticket sales, apparel sales and merchandise sales.
The new grievance filed with the league states that the proposed increase would be $100,000 per player.
The bargaining team for the NFL Players Association declined to comment on the new claim, citing the confidentiality of negotiations.
The proposed $100-million income-sharing increase is a large percentage of the league revenues.
According to a recent SportsBusiness Journal report, the NFL has a $2.4 billion operating budget and has been making a steady profit of about $1 billion per year since 2010.
The average annual revenue per team in the NFL is about $60 million.
The teams average revenue per ticket is about one-third of the NFL average.
The salaries of NFL players have risen from $1,000 to about $2,500 since 2010, the league said in a statement.
The new grievance says that the NFL will not be in compliance with the collective bargaining agreements with the players and will not comply with the new collective-bargaining agreement that the union had reached.
The grievance also seeks a new labor agreement that includes more protections for players and raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The salary of a football player in the league has not changed much over the last decade.
The median salary for a football quarterback in 2010 was $1.2 million, according to Football Outsiders, and the average salary for running back James White, who played for the Chicago Bears, was $2 million.
The proposal also says that players will receive additional compensation for their services as a team and for their participation in social media activities.
The salary of players in the NBA is $10.7 million and the median salary is $11 million.