State of the NFL? It's a mixed business bag
Commissioner Roger Goodell will have plenty to brag on as he delivers his annual "State of the NFL" address in Arizona on Friday. Such as:• The league enjoyed its fifth consecutive season of record attendance in 2007, drawing 17.3 million, or 90 percent of total stadium capacity.
The Gathering Labor Clouds
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement reached in March 2006, the contract can be reopened for renegotiation in November 2008.
The NFL Economy
What oil is to Saudi Arabia, broadcast rights are to the NFL. Four networks pour a total of $3.7 billion into league coffers each year, and will keep doing so through 2011. But what then?
John Helyar is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He previously covered the business of sports for The Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine and is the author of "Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball."