PENNSYLVANIA — NFL-controlled Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said Sunday that the league would likely make a deal with Congress that would allow the team to use a portion of the $3.1 billion in stimulus money that the president has promised to use for stadiums.
The Eagles and their owners are expected to make the deal after the NFL’s March 11 meeting.
Lurie told CBS’ “NFL Sunday” that the NFLPA would be “extremely” involved in the negotiations.
Lurie said that if a deal can be reached, he and Eagles owner Robert Kraft would consider moving forward with the $300 million stadium in Philadelphia.
But he said he would not support a stadium that has “zero chance of ever getting built.”
The NFLPA had threatened to file a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board if the stadium is not built by the 2020 deadline.
That grievance could have led to the NFL changing its labor contract.
The deal, Lurie added, would give the Eagles a “lot of leverage” because the NFL will likely be paying more for tickets and merchandise than the NFL does.
Lorries said the NFL could use the money to “spend on things that the American people actually want,” including “the infrastructure that is necessary for us to compete.”
“We have a lot of leverage,” Lurie continued.
“We have leverage to get what we want done.”
The Eagles’ move to keep their logo in place on stadium seats and seats in other parts of the stadium will cost $500 million over three years.
The $300-million stadium is the second of the three NFL stadiums that Lurie owns and has pledged to spend on as part of the president’s $3 trillion stimulus package.
The NFL is expected to spend $100 million on a separate stadium in Atlanta.
The first NFL stadium opened in 2008, in Arlington, Texas, and seats at $200 a seat, with the seats costing $2,000 per seat.
The Eagles’ new stadium will have an average price of $3,700.
The city of Philadelphia will spend $1.4 billion for the stadium.