The average NFL salary is $25,000 a year, a figure that has remained static since 1968. Subtracting quarterbacks the figure is around $20,000. Statistics on what the owners clear are hard to come by. The NFLPA claims that the clubs spent $102 million on operations in 1970 and took in $145 million, for a pretax profit of $1.65 million per club. The Government Pay Board has set this figure at $900,000. If these figures are too high, as spokesmen for the owners claim, perhaps NFL teams should open their books, as even Pete Rozelle once suggested. Otherwise the threat of federal regulation might become a reality. And this would turn out to be a far more serious game than Option Clause.