Business of Football

Two Unique Contracts for Two Super Bowl QBs

A year ago, Cam Newton and Peyton Manning both found themselves in unusual contract situations. Plus, the cap ramifications of Calvin Johnson’s (possible) retirement, the Chargers’ decision to stay (for now), and the new Thursday Night Football broadcast split

The (Andrew) Luck Factor in Super Bowl 50

If not for his decision to stay at Stanford in 2011, the Super Bowl’s Golden Anniversary would likely feature QBs other than Cam Newton and Peyton Manning ... plus, a look at front offices in late January

Pay for Playoffs? Not Much

Despite the importance of postseason games, players earn an absurdly small fraction of what they make during the regular season. It’s the opposite of how almost every other business is run. And it’s also part of the motivation behind the owners’ push for expanded playoffs

Settle in for a Long Winter

Football has become an afterthought for 20 franchises now examining everything about the way they do business ... plus, my thoughts on Chip Kelly, Peyton Manning, the Browns’ baseball guy and more

Next Stop: Los Angeles

The league is nearing a vote to decide which one (or two) teams will get to call L.A. home. Plus, the ‘coaches v. quants’ conflict, and the elimination of a nonsensical rule regarding draft picks

Will Anything, Ever, Threaten the Bottom Line?

Labor unrest. The concussion crisis. Stars embroiled in scandals. Scandals mishandled by the league. Poor play. Poorer officiating. And yet, revenues and ratings keep growing. A look at some of the issues that could possibly (but probably not) slow down the NFL’s seemingly unstoppable growth

An Ode to Hasselbeck

On Sunday, 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck will go under center one more time in place of an injured Andrew Luck. Our columnist—who also happened to have been Hasselbeck’s first agent—looks back on the quarterback’s unlikely journey from draft-day nobody to franchise QB to elder statesman, and explains why ‘there is no better guy in the NFL’

The NFL Has a Gambling Problem

With Daily Fantasy Sports industry leaders FanDuel and DraftKings—both tied closely to the NFL—coming under heavy scrutiny from the government, it might be time for the NFL to rethink its conflicting stance on gambling

The Race for L.A. Heats Up

Three teams have emerged as candidates to relocate to the nation’s second-largest market. A breakdown of the proposals each team has received from its current home market, and the proposed locations for a move to Los Angeles

Leonard Fournette Plays the Waiting Game

It’s been more than a decade since Maurice Clarett nearly toppled the NFL’s minimum age requirement rule. Leonard Fournette might be good enough to play in the NFL next season, but even if he wanted to challenge the league for his right to go pro he’d be fighting an uphill battle

Bargain-Bin Brady

He has four Super Bowl rings and a legitimate claim to the title of ‘greatest quarterback to ever play,’ yet Tom Brady is compensated like a low-end journeyman starter. The Patriots aren’t complaining

Kam Chancellor Returns…

But does the end of his holdout mean he ‘caved’? Chancellor’s willingness to miss regular-season games gives the team something to think about during the next negotiation. Plus, why the Seahawks’ 0-2 start might have hurt his leverage, and why he might not be paying a penny of the seven figures worth of fines

A Stunning Smackdown for Goodell and the League

Judge Richard Berman’s reversal of the Tom Brady suspension is nothing less than a scathing rebuke of Roger Goodell and the NFL—and yet another major legal loss for the league. This case has always been about far more than the air pressure of footballs—so what does it mean for this commissioner’s power and the fundamental relationship between the league and its players?

The Chancellor Holdout: When a Good Deal Goes Bad

In the spring of 2013 Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor and the Seahawks agreed to a deal that made both sides happy. A little more than two years later, a changing market and Seattle’s willingness to spend money elsewhere on the roster has led to the summer’s most bitter contract dispute

Settle in for More Deflategate

There’s one thing you can count on as the drama returns to court: a complete lack of trust and palpable dislike on both sides. Plus my thoughts on Geno Smith, deadlines for deals and why signing Ray Rice would be no easy matter