Re: NFL Revenue Sharing
I think the NFL looks at these loans, much like a regular bank does, as an investment.
It must have been clear that New England had good potential to be one of the market leading franchises - therefore bringing money back into the NFL - $150 million is probably a small % of what the Patriots have given back to the NFL.
They've been great for a while now, three Super Bowls' worth of great. But only this season have the New England Patriots become The Show, the must-see team of stars, pretty boys and reformed bad boys. Suddenly, the Patriots are not simply great; they're compelling, fascinating, appearing to be almighty and a touch lawless.
The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.