The NFL has told the players' union it will cut a $100 million annual supplemental revenue-sharing program that subsidizes lower-revenue teams.
That plan, which is a small portion of the $6.5 billion shared in full by all 32 teams, will be cut because the 2010 season will not have a salary cap.
The program involves the top 15 revenue teams placing funds into a pool from which many of the lower-income clubs can draw. It does not include television money or box-office revenues. Nine franchises qualified to receive funds this year, although the league has not identified them.
The NFL Players Association will challenge the league's move this week, a person familiar with the union's plans told the Associated Press yesterday.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the collective-bargaining agreement between the NFL and its players still has "special rules to protect competitive balance in the uncapped year. There will still be billions in equally shared revenue in 2010."
But the NFLPA worries about any cuts in revenue sharing. NFL owners have opted out of the collective-bargaining agreement, which will end after next season unless a new contract is reached.
Gibbs, Theismann on TV.
Former Washington coach Joe Gibbs and quarterback Joe Theismann will reunite to call a wild-card game for NBC during the playoffs. They will serve as analysts with play-by-play announcer Tom Hammond during the Jan. 9 game. The
Sunday Night Football
announcing team of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call the network's second wild-card game that day.
Brady, Schaub return. New England quarterback Tom Brady was hurt taking a hit as he threw a 58-yard first-quarter touchdown pass to Randy Moss in the Patriots' 22-21 loss to Miami. While Brady's teammates celebrated, Brady trotted off the field and kept going, vanishing through the tunnel. Brady, who went into the game nursing right-shoulder and finger injuries, returned five minutes later and finished 19 for 29, 352 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Houston quarterback Matt Schaub, a former West Chester East star, returned to the Texans' 23-18 loss at Jacksonville after getting treatment for a left-shoulder injury. Schaub hurt his left shoulder on the Texans' first play, a sack. He finished 19 for 27 for 207 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
Stafford ailing. Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford aggravated an injury to his nonthrowing shoulder in the closing minutes of a loss to Cincinnati and might not play next week against Baltimore. He originally hurt the shoulder Nov. 22 vs. the Browns.
Slaton inactive. Houston running back Steve Slaton, a graduate of Conwell-Egan High, was inactive for the Texans' game in Jacksonville.
Slaton is the Texans' top rusher with 437 yards.