Exactly. I think the 40% number is high. I've seen estimates that ticket sales are between 15-20%. Can't imagine the preseason deals and concessions really drive it all the way to 40%.

But either way, your point is correct. There's going to be massive cap drop. Not sure if $68 mill is the correct number, but let's just call it $50 for easier math. So the players give back say $20 mill per team this year. The owners then give that $20 mill back next year so th.e cap only drops by $30 mill. And the players, if theyre fighting to negotiate, they could then fight to say the owners need to give an additional $20 mill again next year. And that $20 mill is robbed from future cap jumps. Assuming league revenue picks up right where it left off before covid 19, you could probably take that $20 mill off of the 2022 cap right away, or do $10 a year in 2022 and 2023.

The nfl should take a note from the nba. The nba had a massive cap jump in one year because of a new TV deal. The players didn't want to smooth the cap, and took all the money in 1 year. Teams overspent that year, which was awesome for a handful of guys who were FAs that year, but the contracts locked teams in and the following 2-3 years FA was pretty dry. The nfl should absolutely try to avoid a massive shark tooth in the cap where there's a big drop and a big increase. Figure out a way to smooth it out and the players giving back some in a year of large revenue decreases makes sense to me. The owners should have to overpay next year to offset that as well, so it's not just the players biting the bullet, but both sides need to give a little.