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NFL Players Got 53% of Incremental Increase
Figures obtained by The Associated Press underscore the substantial divide between the NFL and the locked-out players on a core issue: What portion of additional revenue goes to players.

Players' share of incremental increases to all revenues under the NFL's expired contract was about 53 percent from 2006-09, according to calculations by the accounting firm that audited the collective bargaining agreement for both sides.

The NFL says 70 percent of extra revenue went to players, a main justification for changing the sport's economic system. The league's numbers exclude the portion of revenues -- about $1 billion a year -- taken off the top for owners to spend on expenses.

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