January 25, 1988 |
The National Football League players' strike of 1987, soon to be forgotten amid a week of Super Bowl hype, had a staggering impact on the league's financial picture. Data obtained by The Times indicate that the strike cost the owners more than $104 million in potential income. The players' losses, all from unpaid salaries, total $84 million. In addition, the strike, coupled with two costly lawsuits, left only 7 of 28 NFL teams as moneymakers. Every NFL team made less money in 1987 than in 1986.