What Can You Learn From The Carolina Panthers' Leaked Financials? Ask A Sports Economist

There's still a lot to unpack in the Carolina Panthers' financial statement, which we published Thursday. That document showed the team bringing in $112 million in operating profit over a recent two-year period, one that saw owner Jerry Richardson pleading hardship on behalf of his fellow NFL plutocrats before the… »3/08/13 11:00am3/08/13 11:00am


Leaked NFL Documents: While Owner Cried Hardship, Carolina Panthers Had $112 Million Profit Over Two Years [UPDATE]

In 2010 and 2011, as the NFL prepared for and staged a lockout of its players, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was among the hardest of the hardliners, urging his fellow owners to "take back our league" by demanding a more management-friendly collective-bargaining agreement. »3/07/13 4:30pm3/07/13 4:30pm

The NHL Barely Dodged A Putin-Backed Russian Mutiny, But The League Might Not Be Out Of The Woods Yet

The NHL lockout is over, and most of the players (not Lubomir Visnovsky, though) who kept their games sharp in the KHL have returned to work in the United States. Washington's Alex Ovechkin is back in the States, saying funny things and wearing funny t-shirts. Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin has abandoned Magnitogorsk, a… »1/08/13 5:00pm1/08/13 5:00pm

The NHL Lockout Is Over; Play To Start Within The Next Two Weeks [UPDATED]

Five days short of a January 11 deadline that would have scuttled the entire season, the NHL and NHLPA have reached a deal that, pending approval from a player vote, will end the lockout and allow for a condensed 50-game season. Teams will likely only play other teams from within their own conference during the… »1/06/13 8:25am1/06/13 8:25am

Why Did The Globe And Mail Take Down Its Story About How Kyle Turris Hates Finland?

After supposedly "returning" from the Finnish SM-Liiga, Kyle Turris complained about his lockout home to The Globe and Mail, in just the latest of a few such stories to come out recently. The Globe and Mail piece covered the usual stuff: the food sucked, the travel sucked, "they spoke a different language." »12/18/12 6:50pm12/18/12 6:50pm

Sidney Crosby Played Goalie In A Dek Hockey Game The Other Night

Had there been no NHL lockout, the Pittsburgh Pensguins would have had a travel day Friday after a road game in Boston on Thursday and another one in Winnipeg on Saturday. As it was, Sidney Crosby had some time to kill, and since Justin Bieber had already swagged his way through Pittsburgh, Crosby quietly put on the… »12/18/12 9:55am12/18/12 9:55am

The NHL Lockout Negotiations Are So Bad, The NHL Is Threatening To Make Every Player An Unrestricted Free Agent

The NHLPA will give its a members the option to vote for a disclaimer of interest—a renunciation of the legal right to benefit from the terms of a given trust—which essentially means that the leadership of the NHLPA would move to disband the NHLPA. This outcome helps the players in their negotiations with the NHL, as … »12/15/12 6:45pm12/15/12 6:45pm

NHL And Players Union Meet Tonight And Will Meet Tomorrow, Considered A "Not Bad" Sign

In case you had forgotten, there is no NHL hockey because the league locked out its players. No, no—that was 2004—it did it again this year. You might not have realized because the league does this every few years and loses any sort of good will or build up in the fan base it may have accrued since the last time.… »11/19/12 10:14pm11/19/12 10:14pm

Fake Gary Bettman Twitter Account Outs Gary Bettman's Two Remaining Fans

Last night a Twitter account purporting to be NHL commissioner Gary Bettman popped up. While the account turned out to be fake, many believed it at first, both because @Commish_Gary was Bettman's handle before he wisely deleted it pre-lockout, and because the impostor played it straight, tweeting just once about the… »11/13/12 3:45pm11/13/12 3:45pm

Now's Your Chance To Chat With Jeremy Roenick, Nine-Time NHL All-Star And NBC Analyst

Jeremy Roenick scored 513 goals in his 18 NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, Coyotes, Flyers, Kings, and Sharks. (You will recall, since it's not so active at present, the NHL is an occasionally operational professional league in which rich men compensate other men to play hockey.) Roenick retired in 2009. Now he works… »11/05/12 2:00pm11/05/12 2:00pm

Canada's Best Hockey Broadcaster Is Building A Lake Cabin With His Bare Hands, Just Waiting For A Call

There's no hockey, as you may have heard. This means NBC's Doc Emrick, one of our favorites, is calling figure skating for the peacock network. But what about Jim Hughson of the CBC? Hughson—whose best Roberto-Luongo-specific calls you can hear above—is another one of our favorites. Unlike Emrick, whose style is all… »10/25/12 10:30am10/25/12 10:30am