After an offseason loaded with moves that have left the team even more formidable than its 2016 championship-winning incarnation, the Patriots are facing a schedule that hardly seems daunting to Brady and his receiving corps.
The NCAA itself keeps only four percent of the profits each year, with the remaining 96% being channeled into the schools, particularly those in Division 1. This is generally in the form of various distributions, or expenses such as travel. A large portion of this money also goes into scholarships and internship programs, as well as injury insurance for the athletes. But despite the schools receiving such large amounts of money from their participation in the NCAA and March Madness, student athletes see no direct form of compensation, even though they are the ones who are creating the revenue.
The Patriots will enter free agency with $62 million in cap space, the sixth most in the NFL. In addition to allowing them to extend several of their current key players such as Malcolm Butler, this allows the team to explore other opportunities in addressing weak points and preparing for the future.
Of all the narratives surrounding tonight’s Super Bowl Matchup, we cannot neglect that the Patriots have quietly formed the league’s best defense, and the Falcons have loudly formed the league’s best offense.
But sure: let’s go with Tom Brady vs. Matt Ryan.
Black Monday is coming, and we think some NFL Head Coaches are en route to unemployment.