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

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 lockout and asking for public subsidies to fund a stadium renovation. We've asked Rodney Fort, a sports economist at the University of Michigan (who quite literally wrote the book on the subject), to walk us through the statement some more. Got any questions for him? Put them in the discussion section below.

Here's the statement again, for ease of reference.