The NFL’s new spoton fee: The latest deal with the NFL says it’s all about fairness
The NFL is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the spoton transaction fee for domestic transactions is unconstitutional because it is too broad, but a hearing is scheduled for April 26.
The court, which is considering a challenge to the fee from the NFL Players Association, is considering the case because the fee violates antitrust laws, according to a brief filed Tuesday by the National Football League Players Association.
The NFLPA contends that the fee is an unfair barrier to competition in the real estate business.
The league argues that it is a fee that is used for competitive purposes.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday argues that the fees are intended to increase the value of the NFL’s stadium construction contracts, which include the ability for a team to build a stadium for $100 million to $200 million.
The suit contends that these stadium construction deals could benefit the NFL by providing an additional $20 million to the team’s stadium projects and creating a market for teams to build additional stadiums.
The fee is estimated to be in the range of $2.3 billion to $4 billion a year.
It is estimated that about 40 percent of domestic stadium construction and renovation contracts are in the NFL.