NFL owners are set to begin negotiations with major broadcast networks about a new contract that would include higher revenue sharing for the league’s networks, league sources said.
The new agreement, which has been in the works for months, will begin to come into effect in late April and could provide additional leverage to teams in negotiations for broadcast deals.
The talks are set for the week of April 27.
If signed, it would mark the latest in a series of new revenue sharing agreements for the NFL and its teams that began with the 2014 television deal that has allowed the league to compete in the Super Bowl.
The league has been a key partner in other deals for other sports, including for the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League.
The new deal would increase the league revenue share for each team, which would be capped at 15 percent.
For example, a team with one million-plus viewers would receive a $200 million-a-year increase over a season, with the league increasing its share of revenues for the entire year from 15 percent to 15.25 percent.
The increase in revenue sharing would also be based on the average number of viewers per game.
The new agreement would be the second highest in the NFL.
The previous agreement was set at 15.75 percent.CBS is expected to make a bid for the new deal in the coming days.
Fox and Comcast are the two other major broadcast television networks, and their negotiations have been ongoing for several months.
Fox and CBS are expected to reach a final agreement before the end of the year.
The negotiations would be important for the other networks, sources said, as they have been seeking a bigger cut of the new revenue.
The networks have long been frustrated by the NFL’s decision to have them subsidize the NFL Network, which they say is a competitor to their own programming.
Fox has been pushing to have the NFL increase its revenue share to 10 percent.
Fox and CBS have long complained about the NFL being too dominant in its local television market.
Fox Sports chairman Gary Newman told ESPN in January that the league has a monopoly on the national TV market and that the NFL has no choice but to go along with the NFL as it wants to compete on the broadcast networks.
The NFL declined to comment for this story.
Fox has been trying to negotiate with CBS and NBCUniversal for several years.
The two sides have been close, and they have agreed to a $2 billion deal that would keep the networks in the same carriage deal.
The deal, which is expected be approved by the league and is expected by the end, will include new TV and radio rights.
It also would allow the teams to use a new revenue share of 10 percent, the same amount as in the 2014 TV deal.
ESPN, the leagues flagship cable network, is the only major sports network that has not signed on as a member of the negotiations.
The agreement with ESPN, however, is expected for final approval before the deadline for bidding, which will occur at the beginning of April.
The other major networks have not agreed to participate.
The bidding process will be closely watched by NFL owners and their owners in their meetings this week in Philadelphia.
The talks are being driven by a desire to avoid a lockout.
The owners are concerned that a lockout could cost them valuable revenue and create a distraction that could harm the league, sources told ESPN.