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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 »