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There is a huge difference between owning a team in Los Angeles and owning a team in Tampa Bay besides time zones. The difference in local media deals and exposure can be what separates a few millions of dollars in an owner’s check book.
That crosses into all sports. Just ask yourself this one question: Have you ever met a Jacksonville Jaguars fan? That’s not to say they don’t exist, but they aren’t as numerous as New York Jets fans.
The fact that some small market owners are losing a hefty chunk of their money, especially when compared to what larger teams make off of merchandise sales alone, there might be a crack in the owners’ foundation.
Once the grumblings start with the small market owners, there could be a push to get a deal done sooner than later. The sad part is that Don Fehr probably knows this, so the waiting game has started.
If you want to read into the giant leap in the 50/50 revenue split offer from the last proposal, there is a chance that this has already started.