The NFL owners are getting big cuts from the league’s insurance program.
The league announced Thursday that teams will pay $2 billion to $2.5 billion annually for the first time, but that won’t be enough to keep up with inflation.
The $2-billion payment was the first in a long series of premium payments the league made this season.
The NFL has spent the past several seasons negotiating with insurers over how much it should pay for car insurance, and it has come up short.
Last year, the league received about $50 million in premium payments from insurers, according to league officials.
But in 2018, it is getting about $1.7 billion.
The NFLPA and its players union are calling for more.
As the NFL is preparing to pay premium increases to keep pace with inflation, the NFL and its teams have been hit with a new round of lawsuits.
Last year, a federal judge sided with the NFL, and the league appealed that ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.
That decision is pending.
The latest lawsuit, filed in September, comes as the league and the owners are negotiating a new long-term contract extension.
This year, it was announced that the NFLPA had reached a tentative agreement with the league that will include a deal on premium increases.
The deal includes a provision that will pay premium rates to players in excess of what they are currently paying, but it will pay out at a lower rate than the players would receive from the current contract.
The league, in turn, said that the deal would be effective at the start of the 2018 season.
That means that if the league makes the payments this season, the players will be receiving an average premium rate of about $2,200 a year.
The union said the deal will save the NFL $2 million in insurance payments.
The players union declined to comment on the latest lawsuit.
More to come.