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Because of slotted NBA max contracts, Kevin Durant's financial future was already set in stone - until now. We discuss his options to stay, leave, sign big, or keep it simple this offseason. Plus 8-year NHL contracts are still coming in frequently, why? And, the Indianapolis Colts are one of the Super Bowl favorites, hold a ton of cap space still, and are just plain average.
A roundtable discussion about Kawhi Leonard's financial calendar year, including sneaker deals, Canadian worth, & how Toronto can keep him going forward. Plus, Todd Gurley's rock solid contract guarantees are a misstep by the Rams current administration, & a quick look across the league at the contract values & stability of NFL QBs.
The Warriors & Raptors bring massive payrolls, & the top future free agents to the NBA Finals, while Klay Thompson's out $30M thanks to the All-NBA voters. Plus, the Patriots crafted a contract built to tolerate Ben Watson's pre-defined suspension. How can the NFL make it harder to cheat? And, Carter Stewart avoids the low-paying process of being an MLB prospect by signing in Japan.
Kevin breaks down the various earnings & costs that come to a PGA golfer, & the future of Brooks Koepka. Plus, we've added the WNBA to Spotrac, & take a look at the facts, figures, & future of the league financially. And, the Jets, Mets, & Knicks have had a rough May.
On the cusp of the NBA Lottery selections we break down the NBA numbers for rookie contracts & the impact of top picks in the league. Plus, future financial outlooks for the NBA Final four, how important are UDFAs becoming to the NFL team-building process, & odds & predictions for the Preakness & PGA Championship.
Paul Peck & I are joined by current Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell, who discusses his climb up from the scouting world to the front office, contract structures, prepping for the draft, & how the game has changed over his 6 years at the helm.
Kevin, Paul, & Mike dive into the chaos & money of the Derby, the next wave of NFL Free agency, & how the Rams appear to be setting up for life with or without Todd Gurley. Plus, the Tampa Bay Rays are cheap, different, & real, & is the city of Boston setup for a historic 2019?
Breaking down the finances for the an NFL Draft that saw 39 trades, & surprises at the top of the board. The @SportsTaxMan Robert Raiola gives us the tax implications for the top picks in their new homes, and NFL Agent Shane Costa gives us his thoughts on evaluating & managing prospective picks who go undrafted. And, our thoughts on Josh Rosen's quick exit out of Arizona, & Kentucky Derby odds & picks.
Life-long NFL Scouting Director & current Pro Football Weekly draft guru Greg Gabriel joins the show to break down the process of finding, grading prospective players, & preparing for the draft. Plus, which rounds are producing starters at each position in 2019, & are the Rams about to make the QB position disposable?
Mason Champion, the Sports & Entertainment Director for Morgan Stanley, joins us to outline his expertise in managing, advising, & budgeting NFL player's earnings. Plus, Russell Wilson is the latest benefactor of a prospering NFL revenue stream. Sara Slane from the American Gaming Association joins us to break down where Sports Betting is across the USA, & how teams and leagues are already benefiting from it.
Recapping the numbers for 2019 NFL Free agency including an increase of full guarantees, top spending teams, & more. Plus, the Browns are among the league leaders in trades since 2015. How teams that rely on the trade fair in the standings. And, LeBron's season with the Lakers was...
Jacob deGrom's deal with the Mets is the latest of a slew of extensions to hit the books before the 2019 MLB season. How do these extensions affect free agency & team building going forward? Plus, Gronk hangs up the cleats as one of the best, but not the highest paid ever.
Now a week old, we dive into which NFL Free Agency contracts were the most Player-Friendly, Team-Friendly, or the Best of Both Worlds. Plus, Robert Raiola the @SportsTaxMan joins us to break down the tax ramifications for Mike Trout's big payday.
Mike Ginnitti runs through a busy first three days of the 2019 NFL offseason, including the thoughts, numbers, & analysis for Le'Veon Bell's new contract, the trades of Antonio Brown & Odell Beckham Jr., and free agent contract structures as a whole.
Paul & Mike dive into the heart of the first day of the NFL tampering period, major agreements, big dollars, and plenty of "fluff" are reported across the league. Plus, was Antonio Brown winning his war good for the business of football?
Just a week away from free agency, Paul, Kevin, & Mike dive around the NFL's top offseason stories, including the Cowboys big decisions, Foles in Jacksonville, Josh Rosen in Washington, Russell Wilson's future in Seattle, & the drama in Pittsburgh.
Bryce Harper's 13 year $330 mega deal with the Phillies puts an end to a 100+ day saga. But how much is $330M after taxes kick in? Robert Raiola, the @SportsTaxMan, joins Kevin & Mike to break down Harper's deal in Philly, what could have been in LA or SF, & more.
Scott Allens joins Kevin & Mike to break down a lost year for LeBron & the Lakers, how it affects their offseason, & the financials for building an Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving superteam. Plus, MLB's long-term contracts are dwindling, & the NFL offseason means dead cap. What is it, & how does it work?
Manny Machado's historic contract gets the MLB offseason off and running. Paul & Mike break down the numbers, rankings, taxes, & more. Plus, Antonio wants out, OBJ might get out, & should NFL compensatory picks even exist?
With NFL Free Agency just a month away, the roster cuts, rumor mills, & offseason chaos have all begun. Kevin, Paul, & Mike discuss which QBs may be traded, or released in the coming weeks, which teams need an upgrade, and the type of contracts to be considered. Plus, NBA trade deadline finances, & a brief MLB (non)update.
Kevin returns for our Super Bowl special roundtable, highlighting team spending playoff payouts & few of the better weekend prop bets. Plus, Spotrac's own future offseason questions for the Rams & Patriots, and a quick thought on Anthony Davis' trade demand.
Breaking down the careers of baseball's newest Hall of Fame inductees both financially & statistically. Plus, the Saints & Chiefs fell short in 2018, but have very similar financial offseasons ahead of them. Paul Peck & I talk Brees, Mahomes, Hill, Thomas, & more. Plus a cap fact surrounding NBA cap dollars, starting lineups, and team wins.
Another slow-moving, underwhelming MLB Free Agency season has us diving deep into baseball's current financial structure, including dwindling veteran salaries, and a league that demands it's superstars wait half a career for a payday that now might never come. Plus, breaking down the finances for Kyler Murray as a QB or an OF.
As more and more NFL teams pile up cap space as they choose to build positionally through the draft, when will we hit a breaking point, & how can it be fixed? Plus, front-loaded veteran contracts could be all the rage in 2019. And, should Bryce Harper be the next Kevin Durant?
We kick of 2019 with an in-depth look at the money involved with NFL Playoff teams, a few breakdowns for players on the Roster Bubble for next season, why trades may be a key for those with tons of cap space, and how many teams actually need a QB next year?
Our annual look back at the year that was in Sports Business, including our most popular teams & athletes, the highest earners & spenders, who to watch out for in 2019, and parting thoughts for Le'Veon Bell, Kevin Durant, and the ever-changing sports-viewing experience.
Despite the 4th highest payroll, the Houston Rockets find themselves nearly last in the Western Conference. What's wrong, what can be done, & what about next year? Plus, plenty of NFL teams added a QB this offseason through the draft, free agency, or via trade. We assess the moves and what the results might mean for 2019 (11:00). And, the Yankees are no longer just careless over-spenders. How the moves they've made, & might look to complete in the coming months shows they're a changed franchise (32:00).
The Mets christened the MLB offseason with a blockbuster move to acquire Robinson Cano & Edwin Diaz. What does it mean? Plus, is the best recipe for the Packers future to look backwards? How former QB Coach Alex Van Pelt might be a fit for Green Bay. And, the Maple Leafs will soon have four major players to pay. Can they keep them all?
The @SportsTaxMan, Robert Raiola joins us for a ridiculously interesting update on how taxes are impacting the major sports, including the Jock Tax, free agent decisions vs. state taxes, how signing bonuses & deferred payments factor in, and plenty more. Plus, the Redskins are paying Reuben Foster by choice.
The Chiefs, Rams, & Saints aren't just winning, they're changing the way NFL teams will consider spending their money. We evaluate the young stars, including their current market values. Plus, a fun look at the futures lines for championships across the four big sports, Bryce Harper & Manny Machado's landing spots, and more.
What does Le'Veon Bell's decision to skip 2018 mean for him, running backs, franchise tags, & football finances in general? Plus, why Bryce Harper & all MLB Teams need to slow down with a 12+ year contract. And, it's November, but the Warriors are already miserable about Kevin Durant leaving next July.
Kevin, Paul, & Mike dive deep into the QB situation of every NFL team right now & as it pertains to the 2019 season, including big questions, tough outs, future paydays, & fat faces. Plus, Le'Veon Bell may never play football again.
Jason La Canfora from CBS Sports joins us to discuss the goods, & bads from the NFL Trade season, including his thoughts on which teams refused to understand what they aren't in 2018. Plus, the MLB offseason is here, meaning options are to be decided, free agents are to be valued, & trades are to be rumored.
Our 50th episode highlights the finances, team-building, & differences between the Dodgers & Red Sox as the head into the World Series. Plus, Amari Cooper is on the move, Blake Bortles is on the decline, Adrian Peterson is on his second wind, & Patrick Peterson wishes he were on another team.
The 2018-19 NBA season is here, and Scott Allen, our resident NBA Cap Guru, joins us to break down how the league is shaping up from a financial standpoint, including the Luxury Tax, Team Movement, the Rockets, Warriors, Celtics futures, & of course - betting lines for addicts.
Drew Brees furthered his greatness case this weekend, but where does he live among this generation of QBs? We discuss from a financial & statistical standpoint. Plus, the 2018-19 NHL season is upon us. Mike breaks down notable offseason spenders, top payrolls, & who might be in money trouble soon.
Now a quarter of the way through the NFL season - offense is king, Kevin, Paul, & Mike discuss how this could affect team-building going forward. Plus, Earl Thomas is injured, Le'Veon Bell is returning, & we unveil Spotrac's 2018 Best Value MLB Roster.
A financial breakdown of Jimmy Garoppolo's season-ending injury, Sam Bradford falling out of favor in Arizona, Le'Veon Bell's potential trade market, & the payrolls of MLB's postseason teams, plus Jacob deGrom's one of the best values in the game - but is he on the move?
The Angels are reportedly discussing extension offers for OF Mike Trout that will carry him through the rest of his career. Our thoughts on how Trout might respond. Plus the Steelers are 0-2, but might be more dysfunctional off the field than on it. And, a few early candidates to be traded this NFL season.
Former, long-time NFL offensive line coach Jim Mcnally joins us to discuss the role he had in converting Jason Peters from an undrafted TE out of Arkansas into an All-Pro OT. Plus, we know which undrafted player has earned the most, but who's the "best' all-time?
Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr., Aaron Donald, Todd Gurley, & Khalil Mack highlight a summer of big time contracts. How big are they in terms of structure & guarantees, what does each mean for it's position going forward, and what the hell were the Raiders thinking?
Mike joins Kevin & Paul from @buffsportspage to build the "perfect" 53-man roster live on the air using Spotrac's NFL Roster Builder tool. There's sure to be plenty to disagree with over the course of this episode...
NFL Fantasy Expert Mike Tagliere from FantasyPros joins us for an in-depth look at the best & worst for the upcoming 2018 fantasy football season. Plus, as NHL training camps near, plenty of restricted free agents are still without contracts.
We're back with an update on where contract extensions for Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, & Aaron Rodgers sit, plus how much will money factor into starting QBs for 2018, & Carmelo is in Houston, but who's really paying him?
A financial review of an MLB Trade Deadline that saw 50 trades in July, plus our thoughts on a few NFL positional spending trends heading into August, and how it might lead to team success, or alter future paydays.
Does Todd Gurley's big payday signify a step forward for running back deals? Plus, the contract stability of QBs for many NFL teams in 2019 is rocky. And, Kevin Love is now under contract thru 2022. How long will he remain a Cav though?
Why the Steelers & Le'Veon Bell couldn't come to agreement, plus NFL Rookie contracts are becoming careers for many positions, and the Alliance of American Football is coming. Its affect on College, Pro, and Canadian football going forward.
The Angels locked in Mike Trout to an extension back in 2014 that surely can't hold up with his hall of fame production? Or doesn't it? A really fun discussion on Trout's money, and how it impacts the forthcoming Bryce Harper/Manny Machado sweepstakes.
An interesting look at the way evaluating players across the four major sports has changed over the past few years, including Madden Grades, Advanced Stats, rule & gameplay changes, social media trends, rule and more.
From LeBron, to Kawhi, from the draft to free agency, the NBA Offseason holds plenty of storylines. We discuss the financial guidelines for the upcoming rookie contracts, trade math, & more. Plus is Julio Jones worth a contract upgrade?
How long can the Warriors dynasty stay together? A financial look at each major player, the salary cap, the luxury tax & more. Plus, The Summer of LeBron is just getting started. Our thoughts on his next destination.
A financial look at the similarities between how NHL goaltenders & NFL running backs are being valued, & their effect on team-building in general. Plus an update on details & the release of The Spotrac application for iOS users.
Kevin, Paul, & Mike break down the team-building process that led the Vegas Golden Knights to the cup finals. Plus the potential fines to NFL players who hold out of offseason workouts/camps. And Robinson Cano has 240M reasons not to cheat - but still did. Our thoughts & plenty more.
Sports Gambling is coming - our thoughts on the financial impact to the sports world. Plus, understanding the NFL's Compensatory Draft Pick process - and the Red Sox have been waiting many fortnights for David Price to perform at a $31M level.
A financial dive into a few major NBA free agents soon to hit the market, plus strikeouts & home runs are dominating MLB. What's the eventual financial impact? And, Matt Ryan is a $100M guaranteed richer. All the numbers & our thoughts going forward.
The completion of the 2018 NFL draft means 256 players will soon be signing new contracts. Mike explains the wage scale, guarantees, potential offsets, & projections for notable draft picks. Plus, destinations for Dez Bryant, a running game for the Patriots, & the mystery of Kawhi Leonard.
2018's uneventful free agency is just a placeholder for things to come next winter. We discuss the projected dollars & potential destinations for our list of Top 2019 MLB Free Agents. Plus, the incredible start for Shohei Otani, & a few fun golf tangents.
A dive into the true value of NFL Free Agency, including Spotrac's take on Winners & Losers, plus why the Giants are the most important & interesting NFL team this month, and the unique 17-year financials of the Sedin twins.
Kevin & Mike discuss keeping up with the year-round NFL frenzy with esteemed ESPN analyst Adam Schefter, plus Mike McCartney, the agent behind Kirk Cousins' fully-guaranteed $84M breaks down his wild past week.
Kevin & Mike examine the past 3 years of NFL Free Agency, uncovering the truth about just how much those big contract actually stand for. Plus, is MLB Free Agency broken, & which superstars are destined to become billionaires in the future.
A thorough discussion about the ins and outs of NFL dead cap, including the various scenarios it derives from, players/teams who have carried the most, & more. Plus, Blake Bortles extension in Jacksonville, what does it mean, & what is it really worth?
A thorough discussion about how MLB free agent contracts have changed since 2014, including a breakdown of recent deals. Plus, projecting & valuing the NFL Franchise Tag window, & are the 2018-19 76ers ready for a superstar free agent?
Former Agent, & current NFL Salary Cap Expert Joel Corry joins the show to discuss a few offseason possibilities, the affects of recent franchise tags, cap casualties, the future of guaranteed contracts & more. Plus, breaking down Jimmy Garoppolo's bigtime payday.
With Alex Smith now in town, the Redskins try to salvage any possible return for Kirk Cousins. Our thoughts, plus the numbers on Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles in 2018, & a dive into the NBA Trade Deadline. Are the Cavs buyers or sellers?
The Patriots & Eagles have similar finances, but how they're built, where they came from, and where they're going are very different. Plus the Miami Marlins are in full "fire sale" mode yet again. We break down the numbers and debate their "process".
The Vikings, Patriots, Astros, Royals, Indians, & of course Vegas Golden Knights are just a few teams in recent years to rise to championship level with average or below payrolls. How are they doing it, is this trend for real, and is it good for the sport?
How much is Kirk Cousins in store for? Where will Alex Smith end up? Is Case Keenum really worth $23M? All this and plenty more in our NFL QB Free Agent, Roster Bubble, Trade Block plus a lot of money discussion.
Kevin, Paul, & Mike hold a roundtable discussion about the facts, figures, & potential for major college athletes to be paid under a salary cap-like structure. Plus, where are all the MLB signings, & is Jon Gruden really the next $100M man?
Our final episode of 2017 takes a look back at the top earners, best values, total spending, biggest surprises, and a few favorite moments from the sports contract year that was. Plus what to look for in 2018, and a "freaky" Contract of the Year.
Current MMQB/The Athletic sports business analyst & former Packers VP Andrew Brandt joins the show with an in-depth discussion on his path into the sports field, cap management tactics, & the state of the NFL. Also, should MLB rosters be adding HR-Hitters or Strikeout-Pitchers, & the uniqueness of Joel Embiid's upcoming contract with the 76ers.
Mike, Kevin, & Paul discuss the trends, intricacies, & fluidity of building & maintaining an NFL roster in a salary cap world. Plus a deep dive into MLB's International signing process & Shohei Ohtani's upcoming contract.
A fun look at the all-time, active, and future top career earners across the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL; a glance at the 2018 salary cap status for NFL teams; and which $29M player is one of the best values in the NBA.
Robert Raiola (@SportsTaxMan) joins us for an in-depth look at how salaries across the 4 major sports are impacted from a tax standpoint. Plus breaking down the financial changes of NFL starting lineups from Week 1 through Week 11, & forecasting players from every NFL team in need of a contract extension.
A deep dive with Paul & Kevin into why NHL salaries are much lower than the other major sports, including league revenues & the "Canada Factor", plus Mike outlines the weekly increase in NFL Fines, plus how Spotrac analyzes the structure of a major NFL contract.
Projecting the 2017-18 MLB Free Agent season, discussing the future of mega contracts, valuing the notable players, and more. Plus a looking at the shocking NBA contract extension money, & a breakdown of Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton's massive contract as he hits the trade block.
A quick dive into the money attached to the NFL Trade Deadline moves, a look ahead to an offseason full of available QBs, a breakdown of the NBA Qualifying Offer process, and how much will Ezekiel Elliott lose (or gain) from his suspension.
Kevin, Paul, & Mike discuss potential NFL Trade Deadline Candidates, take an interesting look at the financial side to the 2017 World Series rosters, assess the financial future of Carson Palmer, & highlight Spotrac's Best MLB Values of 2017.
The premier episode highlights 2017-18 NBA Opening Day spending, a recap of the huge contracts signed this offseason, a deep dive into Andrew Luck's contract, and the financial value MLB teams are getting from their young superstars.