Tackling Football


China is tackling the American game of football, and they're hoping to score a profit.

GSG Sport is a company based in Beijing that is working to promote American football in a country that tends to favor basketball and soccer. The company is working to attract parents that might be seeking a different kind of game for their children to learn so it has started a 16 team future league that welcomes both boys and girls.

Right now one of the best players in the league is a nine-year-old girl named Lisa who plays running back and linebacker. Her father says since playing the game Lisa has become more confident and brave. Lisa, along with the rest of the league face off on Friday nights, in games complete with uniformed referees, cheering fans and a camera crew.  read more »

Twitter and the NFL


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 »



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


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


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


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


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