Business of Football

Business of Football
‘Draft Day’ Reality Checks
‘Draft Day’ Reality Checks
The Kevin Costner movie had unprecedented access to capture the inner workings of the NFL draft and how front office executives go about their business. I lived that life for a decade—here’s what Hollywood got right and wrong
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
In the NFL, the Business of Football Always Wins
In the NFL, the Business of Football Always Wins
The recent releases of superstars DeSean Jackson and Chris Johnson were classic cases of teams having leverage over players. It also again showed the fallacy of taking an NFL contract at face value
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
What’s Going On in Orlando
What’s Going On in Orlando
A primer on the NFL’s annual March get-together—who is there and what is getting done this week—plus some key takeaways from a sports law summit
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
Understanding the Fine Print of Free Agency
Understanding the Fine Print of Free Agency
What’s the real story behind all the funny money being handed out to players? Which signings, big-name or otherwise, turned heads from a financial perspective? Answers to both questions as we evaluate what’s gone down so far
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
Oakland Will Spend Money, Just Not All at Once
Oakland Will Spend Money, Just Not All at Once
It's the last thing Raiders fans want to hear, but you must be patient
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
In the NFL’s Game of Tag, You Don’t Want to be It
In the NFL’s Game of Tag, You Don’t Want to be It
Explaining the nuances of the franchise tag and the transition tag, and the ripple effects they’ll have on free agency
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
Salary Cap … Explained!
Salary Cap … Explained!
We’ll hear plenty about contract restructuring and extensions this offseason. But in their haste to get under the salary cap, teams will set themselves up for future failure. Here’s our guide to understanding the NFL’s most confusing topic
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
Behind the Scenes, Beyond the Measurables
Behind the Scenes, Beyond the Measurables
The combine is much more than just NFL prospects running fast and jumping high under the eyes of scouts, coaches and GMs. Some of the best action takes place in Indy’s back rooms, with make-or-break interviews, agent in-fighting and the real start of free agency
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
It Only Takes One Team
It Only Takes One Team
Michael Sam may face subtle discriminations in the draft process after revealing he’s gay, but the SEC co-defensive player of the year just needs one front office to view him as nothing but a ‘football guy’
By Andrew Brandt
Business of Football
Now the Hard Work Begins
The Hard Work Begins
There is no offseason for front offices and scouting staffs, who have already begun trying to build a championship roster for 2014 and beyond, starting with pre-Combine meetings and the shaping of each team’s draft Bible: The Board
By Andrew Brandt