According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the NFL topped the $7 billion in revenues in 2015.
A year ago, Rovell used the Green Bay Packers' financial report, a publicly-owned franchise that shares its dollar figures with its more than 360,000 shareholders, to report that the league topped $6 billion for the first time.
And now they've jumped another billion. It's all in a year's work of getting to the league's stated goal of $25 billion in revenue by 2027.
It was revealed in March that this season's salary cap would sit at $143.28 million - leaving a more than $83 million head start for each team in covering the rest of its expenses. This is before a single sponsorship, luxury box, $8 popcorn or $50 parking spot is sold. And, remember, many of these teams are getting tremendous help from their local municipalities to pay for their respective stadiums.
[Insert from Scott: To be fair, NFL owners make significant investments in coaching & personnel & executive management staffs, in stadiums & practice facilities, in training, etc... Not saying this revenue isn't massive; but there are a lot of very real costs associated with running an NFL franchise other than just the salaries of the players within the cap.]
Certainly this will all be front and center in the mind of the NFLPA when the collective bargaining agreement expires in 2020.