Eagles would lose over $200 million if games are played without fans


If the NFL has to play games in 2020 without fans in the stands because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eagles are among the top 10 teams who will lose the most revenue. 

According to Forbes, based on numbers from the 2018 season, the NFL would lose $5.5 billion in stadium revenue without fans in stadiums. 

For this story, stadium revenue includes the total of ticket sales, concessions, sponsors, parking and team stores. 

The Eagles in 2018 were tied for eighth in the NFL with $204 million in stadium revenue. Just the Cowboys, Patriots, Giants, Texans, Jets 49ers and Redskins made more. 

The good news for the Eagles is that the $204 million was 42.3 percent of their total revenue of $482 million. All but one team ahead of them on the list will lose a bigger percentage of overall revenue. 

1. Cowboys: $621M (65.5%) 
2. Patriots: $315M (52.5%) 
3. Giants: $262M (50.5%) 
4. Texans: $218M (43.9%) 
5. Jets: $218M (45.9%
6. 49ers $208M (42.3%) 
7. Redskins: $205M (41.6%)
8. Falcons: $204M (44.6%)
9. Eagles: $204M (42.3%) 

The Forbes story also points out the the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and NFLPA stipulates that 47% of football-related income in 2020 and 48% in 2021 goes to players. So missing fans in stadiums would hurt players and owners alike. 

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