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According to a Congressional Research Service report, the league paid $919.6 million in benefits for retired players in 2006 and '07. The NFL says clubs contributed some $388 million in '06 to fund a range of benefits that included a supplemental disability plan, savings plan, an annuity program, group insurance, a health reimbursement account, a severance plan, tuition reimbursement and the 88 Plan, which provides for dementia care. The NFL estimated that '07 costs for these benefits would be $350 million.
NFL teams have erected 11 new homes in the past decade. Here, a breakdown of the financial burden shouldered by owners: