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

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 11:00am 3/08/13 11:00am

Leaked NFL Documents: While Owner Cried Hardship, Carolina Panthers Had…

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 4:30pm 3/07/13 4:30pm

Exclusive: Here Are Plans For A New Professional Football League, Run…

The document below is a November confidential summary obtained by Deadspin of something called the Spring Professional Football League, which presents itself as a non-hostile NFL alternative, to be built on the bones of the several leagues that have tried and failed before. » 2/01/12 12:15pm 2/01/12 12:15pm

Exclusive: Leaked Documents Show Operating Profits For NFL Ventures…

NFL Ventures, the league's billion-dollar, all-but-the-kitchen-sink wing that oversees sponsorships, marketing, media properties, sales, and satellite rights, saw its operating profit grow by 29 percent from 2009 to 2010. This was along about the time that owners began claiming the business of professional football… » 7/15/11 1:10pm 7/15/11 1:10pm

Exclusive: We've Obtained Audited Financials For The NFL League Office

These are audited financial statements for the NFL's league office, the nerve center of professional football, covering the years ended March 31, 2009, and March 31, 2010. The documents below deal with only one piece of NFL operations, and there aren't any obviously mind-melting revelations about the financial state… » 7/08/11 2:08pm 7/08/11 2:08pm

Exclusive: How An NBA Team Makes Money Disappear [UPDATE WITH…

We've obtained audited financial data for the New Jersey Nets covering the three fiscal years from June 2003 to June 2006. Though the numbers end five years ago, you can still see the roots of the argument that will have NBA owners, come midnight, again locking out their players. You can also see how a team makes… » 6/30/11 1:05pm 6/30/11 1:05pm

Parsing The Hornets Financials

At The Hive's Brian Ball takes a crack at those documents. The Times-Picayune weighs in as well, along with accounting blog Going Concern and some French people. » 12/08/10 10:45am 12/08/10 10:45am

The New Orleans Hornets' Sad Financial Documents

We've obtained audited financial data for David Stern's new prize, the New Orleans Hornets. The statements cover 2008 and 2009, and among other things they paint a picture of a team already in hock to the NBA. » 12/07/10 4:00pm 12/07/10 4:00pm

MLB Confidential, Part 3: Texas Rangers

Our final document — at least for now — belongs to the Texas Rangers. Out of all the financial statements we've seen, it offers maybe the fullest picture of owning a team. » 8/24/10 12:40pm 8/24/10 12:40pm

MLB Confidential: The Financial Documents Baseball Doesn't Want You To…

We've obtained financial statements for a number of baseball teams — containing perhaps some of the most closely guarded information in sports — and they offer a rare glimpse at how MLB franchises do brisk business in the modern era. » 8/23/10 10:00am 8/23/10 10:00am