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The Five Myths of NFL Relocations

The Chargers are planning to join the Rams in L.A. and the Raiders are eyeing Vegas. Here’s why the NFL landscape is changing so much—and how fans factor into the negotiations

The NFL Was Hardly Business As Usual in 2016

A review of the headline-making issues, including: The Rams in L.A., Kaepernick’s protest, declining ratings, Vegas rumors, Andrew Luck’s payday, Joey Bosa’s holdout, Carson Wentz’s arrival, Deflategate’s farewell, Josh Norman’s departure from Carolina, and CTE

Football’s Accounting Tricks

Front offices are already setting the course for 2017 and beyond, but not everything in the business of football is as it appears. Here’s a look at how players are hurt by the current salary cap arrangement, and what agents are doing behind the scenes to wrangle new clients

No One Makes Friends in NFL Negotiations

The recent “How do you like me now?!” interaction between Kirk Cousins and Washington GM Scot McCloughan provided a rare public glimpse at a common dance in the business of football: maintaining relationships on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, value and leverage

The Grass Is Looking Greener

Recreational and medicinal marijuana use is becoming more accepted across the country. How will those changing attitudes affect NFL players looking to manage their pain?

A Deadline But No Headlines

Unlike the NBA and Major League Baseball, the NFL trade deadline lacks much action or buzz. Two proposals on how to make it more relevant, plus thoughts on the one significant move that actually went through and the Chargers’ looming decision day about whether to stay in San Diego

Vegas, Maybe!

Even with the city prepared to fund a new stadium for the Raiders, a move to Vegas is far from a done deal. Plus, why the NFL might not be out of the woods yet in regards to the concussion settlement, and the hard-to-believe conclusion regarding Cam Newton and concussion protocol on Opening Night

Talent Means More Tolerance

Main attractions can get away with being distractions. If not for otherworldly skills, Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham Jr. would be ex-players. But there’s a limit—just look at Greg Hardy’s foray into MMA

Should the NFL Be Worried About Ratings?

Yes, TV numbers are down early in the 2016 season. But let’s channel Aaron Rodgers and R-E-L-A-X. Marquee players might be missing and the presidential race might be stealing eyeballs, but the league’s cash flow won’t be drying up anytime soon

The CBA at Halfway, Part I

The 10-year collective bargaining agreement signed in 2011 changed the landscape of the NFL. At the midway point, we analyze just how it has affected the shifting power balance between owners and players

Trumping the 24-Hour News Cycle

Football and politics will be front and center this fall, and it’s impossible to miss similarities between two NFL story lines (Colin Kaepernick and Roger Goodell) and the Republican presidential nominee. This has nothing to do with politics, believe me

Rodgers on Roger

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers speaks out against the culture of Roger Goodell’s NFL, which is still too arbitrary when it comes to enforcing rules

More Money, More Problems

Trent Richardson’s disjointed journey in pro football highlights how financial pressures off the field can derail performance on it. Plus five thoughts on the NFL’s latest ‘conduct detrimental’ saga

Will Bosa Budge?

Breaking down the issues driving the Joey Bosa-Chargers contract standoff. Plus a look at the NFL’s problems in Canton and why owners might root for NFLPA to lobby to reduce commish power at next CBA

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