Business of Football

Business of Football
Mega Watt’s Mega Deal
Mega Watt’s Mega Deal
The Texans held all the cards but did the right thing in extending superstar defensive end J.J. Watt—and paying him like a franchise quarterback
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
The Most Wonderful Season of All
The Most Wonderful Season of All
The business of football will soon make room for the ultimate bottom line: wins and losses. But first, front offices are putting final touches on all the fine print
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
NFL Needs a D-League
NFL Needs a D-League
A large section of the NFL workforce will lose their jobs in the next two weeks. Soon, there might be a better alternative for fringe players to keep alive their dream of playing pro football. Here's why a developmental league makes sense
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
The QB Contract Mirage
The QB Contract Mirage
Nine-figure deals make for splashy headlines, but they aren't actually reality. Recent extensions for Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick are prime examples of how teams have all the long-term leverage and players continue to cede control
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
Tales From the NFL Negotiating Tables
Tales From the NFL Negotiating Tables
Haggling over first-rounders’ salaries is a thing of the past, but one thing hasn’t changed: personal relationships will always matter in the business of football
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
Is the NFL’s No-Nonsense Sheriff Turning Soft?
Is the NFL’s No-Nonsense Sheriff Turning Soft?
Roger Goodell has long ruled with an iron fist, but following Ray Rice’s mere two-game ban, the so-called ‘judge, jury and executioner’ is catching heat for being too lenient. Which begs another question: Why aren’t people up in arms about the Ravens doing nothing?
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
In the Clear… For Now
In the Clear… For Now
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will escape punishment for his company's misdeeds, but the government and the NFL are watching. Plus, Brandt's Rants on the Michael Sam "distraction" and the Jamaal Charles extension
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
‘He Did What?!’ True Tales from the NFL Dead Month
‘He Did What?!’ True Tales from the NFL Dead Month
Angry wives throwing clothes in the driveway. Clandestine boating accidents in Mexico. Vengeful voiding in dorm closets. It's all on the table during the last bit of down time for free and rich football players before the season's grind begins
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
Jimmy Graham Deal: Instant Analysis
Jimmy Graham Deal: Instant Analysis
It’s happily ever after—or at least the next couple years—as the Saints and their star tight end (or it is wide receiver?) come to an agreement
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
A Tie’s a Win for the NFL
A Tie’s a Win for the NFL
The latest turn in the concussion lawsuit saga—a judge gave her preliminary approval to a revised settlement—was good news for both sides. Here, we explain why the league and its owners ultimately will be the biggest beneficiaries
By Andrew Brandt