FANALYTICS: @dallascowboys running back @EzekielElliott continues to #holdout. In this #podcast episode, Professor Lewis explains why this is the most important off-season #NFL story. Check out the episode here: https://t.co/Dg6rroFI2K pic.twitter.com/YNbOPwto1t— Emory MAC (@Emory_MAC) August 19, 2019
In this episode, Professor Lewis discusses why the Ezekiel Elliott holdout is the most important off-season NFL story. It’s a story about how the collective bargaining agreement’s rules for rookie contracts comes into conflicts with analytics. The conflict occurs because for some positions, like running back, NFL rookie contract rules allow teams to avoid paying market rates for the majority or entirety of players’ careers. The episode talks about how last year’s Todd Gurley and Le’veon Bell deals have gotten us to the point where players may be increasingly willing to hold-out and teams may be less likely to invest in running backs.
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