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Twitter and the NFL

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Football season is here and Twitter is helping to kick things off.

According to the New York Times Twitter just beat out its competitors to score a live streaming deal with the NFL. For $10 million the social media site will be given the exclusive rights to live stream Thursday night football; games that brought in an average of 13 million viewers last year. Twitter says this is a great opportunity to showcase another feature for users and maybe even bring in sports fans new to the site.  read more »

Deflategate

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This week marks the start of the official NFL season and Patriots fans are happy to see their number one man behind the snap.

Recently quarterback Tom Brady had his four game suspension overturned by a federal judge. The punishment came over speculation that Brady was a knowing participant in the fact that the balls used in last year's AFC championship game were under inflated. The scandal has become known as deflategate and fans on both sides of the line have been weighing in.  read more »

Big Spenders

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The NFL draft is over and with the big contract comes an even bigger payday.

When it comes to going pro signing on the dotted line isn’t just about reaching your lifelong dream. It’s about the six to seven figure salaries that come with it. Unfortunately most players aren’t playing the field right when it comes to spending that money.

According to Sports Illustrated 78% of former NFL players are bankrupt or very close to going bankrupt. Experts say the problem is that many rookies are coming straight from college and have never earned a paycheck that big. So they go on major shopping sprees scooping up homes and cars with no concern to taxes and agent fees.  read more »

The Business of Football

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The rules of football are changing; to a business plan.

At a recent charity event benefitting a bay area food bank i spoke with former NFL player Jesse Sapolu. During his 14 years with the San Francisco 49ers he played center and offensive guard helping the team win four super bowl rings. I asked him what some of the biggest differences are between his days on the field and today.

“Well obviously the money is so much bigger now, social media, you cringe every time ESPN talks about one player that gets in trouble almost every day. But that's the world we live in now.”  read more »

A Taste of the NFL

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The NFL is teaming up with food banks all across the country; and they're hoping to score against hunger.

The day before the super bowl the NFL is hosting an event called “A Taste of the NFL.” It will feature a chef from each NFL city along with a current or former player from that city's team. They will have a table where guests can taste a dish designed to complement a wine. Up until that event similar tastings are happening all across the country. I recently spoke with former San Francisco 49er Eric Wright at the event in the bay area.

“If it's not in your heart and you're just out here and you really don't want to be here then i don't invite you, you have to want to give.”  read more »

High Tech Football

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The NFLl's preseason is kicking off and the San Francisco 49ers are bringing a few new tricks to the playing field.

Right now construction is underway on a new stadium for the 49ers in Santa Clara, close to California’s Silicon Valley. And the team's new home is taking a few ideas from its high tech neighbors.

The stadium will feature an app that gives fans live updates on food, bathroom and beer lines. But just in case you still miss something it will also allow users to watch replays of the game from multiple angles.

And in case you need to update your fantasy football team the app will have the capability to stream NFL Redzone through the stadiums built in Wi-Fi.  read more »

A Snowy Super Bowl

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Break out the long johns and probably some extra socks. The 2014 Super Bowl is going to be a cold one.  read more »