NFL offering voluntary buyouts for at least 200 employees.
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NFL offering voluntary buyouts for at least 200 employees.

The National Football League is conducting voluntary buyouts to at least 200 employees who received offers on Monday despite a banner season for ratings and the upcoming playoffs and Super Bowl.

According to a league source, Sports Business Journal first reported the buyouts. SBJ reported that the NFL offered tenured employees three weeks salary for every year of service, as well as bonuses. 18% of the 1,100 league staff members are eligible for buyouts, which are separate from the ownership and staff of the 32 teams.

These areas – such as international expansion, flag football’s growth, and the development of media and digital platforms – will help shape the game’s future. For the league to continue to be successful, the internal operations – including how we operate, where we invest our capital, and how we train our employees – must align with these strategic priorities.”

Viewership has steadily increased for the league. A Sportico report citing Nielsen ratings found that the NFL made up 93 of the top 100 broadcast programs last year. In 2022, there were 82 and in 2020, there were 72. As per some reports, its revenues have grown from $8 billion per year in 2010 to roughly $12 billion in 2022. It is the goal of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to reach $25 billion in league revenue by 2027.

Taylor Swift’s high-profile relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce might have drawn in some viewers who didn’t watch NFL games previously. During the Chiefs-Jets thriller in October 2023, attended by Swift and a star-studded entourage, more than 2 million female viewers tuned in. Averaging 27 million viewers, it was NBC’s most-watched Sunday show since the 2023 Super Bowl.