business of football

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

What the Transcript Tells Us

Even though it will have little effect on the appeal, the release of the proceedings from Tom Brady’s NFL appeal hearing—the one presided over by Roger Goodell—pointed up problems on both sides

While They Squabble, the Billions Pour In

The Packers’ annual financial report is the only public peek into the NFL’s books, and this year’s summary revealed some eye-popping numbers for a league battling crises at every turn. Plus, why the denial of Tom Brady’s appeal was not a surprise and what’s next in the never-ending Deflategate saga

The Conversation the NFL Does Not Want to Have

Is the spate of surprising retirements by 49ers players this offseason an outlier or the start of a trend? The league hopes it's the former because it's unprepared to deal with the latter. Plus, thoughts on the NFL's antiquated stance on gambling

Easy Math for Rookies

Simplifying the contracts of first-year players has had unintended consequences, especially for agents. Plus, five thoughts on Cam Newton’s new deal and the ultimate irony of Adrian Peterson’s Twitter rant

The Appeal of Greg Hardy

The NFL responded to its domestic violence problem with new hires and a new conduct policy. But as Greg Hardy seeks to have his 10-game suspension reduced, the same old decisions are being made by general managers. Just look at the signings of Frank Clark in Seattle and Ray McDonald in Chicago