Reminder: The LeBron Free Agency Circus Is The NBA's Fault

We're watching the rubber band snap on LeBron free agency coverage. We waited all year to see what would happen, and now that it's happening, there's... rather a lot of coverage, isn't there? But remember, whatever hysterics into which teams and Twitter and ESPN have been thrown were created by the owners' best… » 7/07/14 4:49pm 7/07/14 4:49pm

Falcons Cut Michael Turner, John Abraham, And Dunta Robinson

Atlanta came within 10 yards of the Super Bowl, but in the salary cap era that's no reason not to blow things up. It wasn't unexpected, by today the Falcons announced the releases of RB Michael Turner, DE John Abraham, and CB Dunta Robinson. It's not fun to say goodbye to three faces of a franchise (for better, or in… » 3/01/13 11:30am 3/01/13 11:30am

Actually, Tom Brady Is Getting A Raise

When the Patriots leaked news of Tom Brady's "three-year, $27 million" contract extension, it appeared on the face the rare instance of an athlete taking less money to make his team more competitive. We warned you that appearances can be deceiving, but without the actual contract details we were limited to speculation. » 2/26/13 1:10pm 2/26/13 1:10pm

Tom Brady Signs With The Patriots For Well Under Market Value, But…

Peter King has the details: Tom Brady has signed a three-year contract extension with the Patriots that will run through the 2017 season, when he will be 40 years old. More than basically cementing Brady as a Patriot for life, the deal's a huge coup for New England—Brady is taking much less money that he'd get on the… » 2/25/13 5:15pm 2/25/13 5:15pm

Something Good Happened To The Knicks!

I think it's fair to say no one understands how NBA contracts and salary cap rules work. That's why ESPN hires a guy solely for the purpose of answering obscure questions about it. But a strange situation involving Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak, a situation we really would have expected to come up sometime before, went… » 6/22/12 2:57pm 6/22/12 2:57pm

Union Files Collusion Lawsuit Against NFL, Alleging Secret $123 Million…

I've never been happier to admit I was wrong. Yesterday, the Redskins and Cowboys dropped their appeals of the NFL's salary cap penalties after being ruled against by rubber-stamp arbitrator Stephen Burbank, and I thought that was the end of it. The bad guys won. But the NFLPA had been saving its secret weapon for… » 5/23/12 1:00pm 5/23/12 1:00pm

Why Can't Roger Goodell Go One Day Without Lying?

Let's go on a magical trip to the NFL's fantasy world, where the penalties on the Redskins and Cowboys have anything to do with football. Indulge them when they tell you that two teams spending more than a nonexistent salary cap in the uncapped 2010 season constituted "an unacceptable risk to future competitive… » 3/28/12 5:25pm 3/28/12 5:25pm

It's Good That The NFL Is Punishing Washington And Dallas For Breaking…

I'm glad, gosh darn it, that NFL owners voted 29-0 to enforce salary cap penalties against the Redskins and Cowboys for spending a lot of money in the uncapped 2010 season. It's a good thing that the league is coming down hard, $36 million for DC and $10 million for Dallas, on two of the most powerful and… » 3/27/12 1:50pm 3/27/12 1:50pm

In The Name Of Competitive Balance, The NFL Plays The Bully And The…

The NFL is a dictatorship masquerading as a benevolent dictatorship. In redistributing $46 million in salary cap space from the Redskins and Cowboys to the rest of the league, the NFL is enforcing laws that don't exist, playing Robin Hood with blackmail, and generally continuing a tradition of arbitrary, paternalistic… » 3/13/12 10:20am 3/13/12 10:20am