In response, union spokesman George Atallah took to Twitter to reveal a cartoon portraying NFL owners at fat cats unwilling to share with players.

Pash wrote that the league does not want a work stoppage after the current CBA expires following the current season and explained the league’s position on opening its books:

“Our collective bargaining agreement gives the union extensive audit rights and access to an enormous amount of financial data on each club. This includes total revenue, total player compensation and many stadium and other costs. We have provided substantial additional information on expenses we are asking to be recognized in a new CBA.

“Companies ‘open their books’ when they say they are losing money. But fans should know that opening the books doesn’t lead to agreements. Other leagues opened their books to prove financial losses and still experienced work stoppages. This year, when the NBA turned over its financials, its union called the losses ‘baloney.’

“Our proposals recognize economic reality and will build on a system that has been good to all of us. We can improve by substituting two meaningful games for two lower quality preseason games, making further investments in player safety and shifting money from untested rookies to proven veterans and deserving retired players — a win for players, fans and clubs.”

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