If and when NFL owners 'open the books'

Darren Rovell might be right when he says NFL owners must open their books to get a labor deal done.

Let's say NFL owners did provide information suggesting teams aren't raking in as much money as players claim.

A few questions:

  • How would players verify this information?

  • What if players said they did not believe the information?

  • What are the odds players would believe the information?

I suspect some teams are making huge money and quite a few other teams are making far less than players would have us believe. It's possible some owners could be earning less annually than some of their players.

The information would surely illustrate massive profit imbalances between teams. Those imbalances could also frame the labor debate differently, reminding us that some of the owners' primary beefs should be with themselves, not just with players.