Packers’ books show that NFL distributed more than $8 billion

The NFL distributed more than $8 billion in national revenue, mostly from its television deals, in 2017. Each team pulled in $255 million, according to financials revealed Monday by the Green Bay Packers, a team that is a public company because it sells shares from time to time to raise money, even though its shares are technically worthless. The bump is an increase of 4.9 percent in national revenues, attributed to an escalator in the league’s TV deals and the league’s Thursday Night Football package becoming more valuable. Packers president Mark Murphy said any effects from the NFL’s tough season, including the national anthem controversy, did not manifest in the books. As for the Packers themselves, they say they generated $199 million in local income. While that’s up 0.8 percent from last season, Murphy said the Packers had fewer offseason visitors to Lambeau Field and the Packers Hall of Fame after the team missed the postseason for the first time…