The NFL draft is designed to promote parity in the league. That provides an incentive to lose on purpose.

Apr 28, 2022
The worst team in last year's league gets first pick from the new crop of players turning pro.
Former Miami Dolphins' head coach Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins alleges that team’s owner, Stephen Ross, offered nearly $100,000 for every game the team lost in 2019. The NFL is investigating the allegations.
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Fake crowds are becoming ubiquitous and a bit more realistic

Sep 25, 2020
Faux fan sounds can cue viewers to pay attention when they're not completely focused on the game.
Cardboard cutouts of fans at a Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants game in July.
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Former NFL player Marcellus Wiley on the economic realities of football careers

Oct 24, 2018
The game lifted him out of poverty, but he doesn't want his son to play.
Marcellus Wiley says he went through the rigors of football “fueled by necessity. I needed the money, I needed the opportunity, but my son won't.” Above, he plays defensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers.
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Former NFL player Marcellus Wiley on the economic realities of football careers

Oct 24, 2018
The game lifted him out of poverty, but he doesn't want his son to play.
Marcellus Wiley says he went through the rigors of football “fueled by necessity. I needed the money, I needed the opportunity, but my son won't.” Above, he plays defensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers.
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NFL contracts have eye-popping figures but…

Sep 3, 2018
The pro football regular season starts on Thursday. In the past couple of weeks alone, we’ve seen the National Football League’s elite players sign contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But it’s not guaranteed that the players will actually receive all that money.

The NFL draft is a business all its own

Apr 27, 2018
The football rookie draft is expected to bring $100 million in economic activity.
The AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX is the site of this year's NFL draft. 
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The NFL vs. Trump: Can you be fired for a peaceful protest?

Sep 25, 2017
President Trump called on the NFL to fire players who did not stand during the national anthem.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receivers Mike Evans #13, and DeSean Jackson #11, take a knee during the national anthem before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on September 24, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
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For public good, not for profit.

NFL gives up tax-exempt status

Apr 28, 2015
A little more money for the government, less transparency about executive pay.

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