By JEFFREY MARTIN, Associated Press Sports WriterAt the height of the NFL lockout in 2012, the NFL was in an unprecedented financial crisis, saddled with an expensive and complex league schedule and its own problems.
But as the NFL has grown, it’s also grown more dependent on the league’s lucrative television contracts.
In the new television deals signed last year, the league agreed to provide a substantial increase in television revenue, an average of $1.5 billion annually for the next five years.
But the TV deal has not been the only reason the NFL is in a financial crisis.
The league also faces massive liabilities from its own players union.
The union has repeatedly demanded concessions from the league, and the league has resisted, citing antitrust laws and the collective bargaining agreement it signed with the players union in 2006.
The league has spent millions to fight off that union, and it’s been willing to give concessions in exchange for increased TV revenue.
But that’s not enough to satisfy the players.
The players’ union has also sued the league for unfair labor practices, claiming that the league does not adequately compensate players for their work.
The union’s lawsuit also alleges that the NFL pays players unfairly low wages and treats them poorly.
And the union is suing the league over the way it handles concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.
“We are a union and a union is not a charity,” said Chris Cox, the president of the Players Association.
“We’re a professional football league.
We’re going to be in court and we’re going take the fight to our bosses.
We don’t need a charity to get us where we are.”
So far, the union’s lawsuits have been unsuccessful, but they are unlikely to be the end of the road.
The players are still negotiating with the NFL over their contract, which is expected to expire after this season.
And they are still in a fight with the union over how to proceed on a proposed new television deal.
The new TV deal would give the NFL a bigger share of the television market, which would give it a bigger revenue stream.
It would also help the NFL in a few ways.
The deal would be in place when the current television contracts expire in 2021, meaning the league would be able to negotiate with the networks and cable companies in advance.
And it would increase the league in a big way, since the league and its TV partners would get a bigger percentage of the broadcast television revenue.
The TV deal will likely be the biggest deal in the NFL for at least the next three years, and with the next deal likely to be much bigger, it will be hard for the league to come up with a deal that is competitive with its existing contracts.
“It’s a great deal for us,” Cox said.
“But the reality is that the only thing we know for sure is we have a big problem and it won’t be resolved by a TV deal.”
The NFL’s TV contract is expected by year’s end.