How does your travel meal allowance stack up against an NFL player’s?

Odds are, pretty well.

The National Football League is a professional sports juggernaut. Revenue this season is expected to be in the $10 billion range, with television rights fees coming in around $4 billion.

The craptacular Jacksonville Jaguars — the JAGUARS — recently sold for $780 million.

So I’m always startled and amused whenever I come across something like this, from the league’s 2011 collective bargaining agreement:

Also, airline meals shall not be considered “food.”

Okay, that’s just a sub-clause I would go to war for.

Yep, don’t go over $19 for breakfast fellas! Hell, $19 dollars doesn’t even buy half a grapefruit at the Ritz-Carleton, which is the caliber of hotel NFL teams stay in. That 2020 number does worry me though — the NFL must know something about food inflation we don’t.

At least there’s a provision that looks out for those of us who enjoy the occasional pre-breakfast, however: