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As broadcasting patterns shift, potential antitrust liability looms for the NFL

For the most part, the NFL sails through clear, open waters. But there’s an iceberg out there, whether the league is worried about it or not.The shift from traditional, over-the-air TV to streaming could eventually land the league in an antitrust mess, for one very important reason. The antitrust exemption from the Sports Broadcasting Act [more]
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The last of the prizes for the 2022 awards has been disseminated

We’ve developed an expensive habit in recent years of celebrating the PFT award winners by (foolishly) asking them, “What do you want as a prize?”It started after the 2021 season, when coach of the year Mike Vrabel asked, “What do I get?” One text led to another, and he got a Honey Baked Ham.This year, [more]
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Here’s a look at Father of Mine, before you possibly waste $4.99 on it

I’ve been making time over the past few days to proofread the final, official text of Father of Mine. And, frankly, I’ve been flipping back and forth between “this isn’t bad” to “this sucks butt,” regularly and repeatedly.It’s too late to turn the ship around, given that plenty of you have pre-ordered it. (Thank you [more]
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Yes, there’s a time and a place for tanking

I’m not a believer in full-season tanking. But there’s a point where less success at the end of the season means more power in the offseason.This year, the Texans won a meaningless Week 18 game over the Colts, with a touchdown in the final minute and a two-point conversion that sealed the victory.The move, which [more]
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It always makes sense to kick the salary-cap can to future years

We’ll be writing and talking a lot in the coming days about teams re-doing deals in order to reduce cap charges in the 2023 league year, and to push cap costs into 2024.Some teams, like the Saints and G.M. Mickey Loomis, have perfected the craft of kicking the cap can. And it’s not like an [more]
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PFT Live is taking a quick break, but we’ll be back on February 27

No matter how prominently I state this here, the emails inevitably will arrive tomorrow morning.Where is your show?I can’t find your show.Has NBC finally gotten smart and canceled your show?Last year, we started a new tradition. The week after the week following the Super Bowl, we shut down PFT Live. It’s a break for everyone [more]
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Leigh Steinberg, Chris Cabbott part ways but will represent Patrick Mahomes jointly

In an offseason that could, and perhaps should, feature an effort to upgrade the contract of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to better reflect the market and the salary cap, his agents have gone their separate ways.Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal reports that Leigh Steinberg and Chris Cabott will part company. Cabbott, who had been [more]
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Wednesday’s PFT Like has a strong 49ers’ vibe

When on Radio Row, we do as the Radio Romans do.That consists of chatting with the various guests who make the rounds. It’s a unique annual ecosystem of players, coaches, and other personalities with something to sell, and folks with a platform on which they can sell it.We enjoy it. It gives us a chance [more]
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Take a tour of the PFT barn

From time to time on Twitter, I’ve posted photos from inside the PFT barn. From time to time on Twitter, folks have asked for a tour of the barn.Last night, I decided to give everyone a look inside. Here’s a 91-second video of the place where I spend plenty of time, watching football or movies [more]
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Sean Payton re-establishes formula for high-end coaches who want to change teams

Rarely do coaches finish their contracts and become free agents. More frequently, but still not all that often, coaches walk away from a contract with remaining years and resurface elsewhere.The latest coach to leave one team and land elsewhere, Sean Payton, re-establishes the formula for high-end coaches who want to move on. For Payton, it [more]