Any Given Wednesday returned this week with an eye toward America’s most popular sport: NFL football. DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Player’s Association, spoke with Malcolm Gladwell and Bill Simmons about how the lack of guaranteed contracts affects the league’s players—and how the NFLPA has little leverage in negotiations. Is there any way for the players to shift the situation in their favor?
Smith and Gladwell on NFL Player Negotiations
Smith and Gladwell discuss NFL Guaranteed Contracts
Then, Bill Simmons sat down with Jay Glazer to talk about Colin Kaepernick’s protest. According to Glazer, only one color matters in NFL locker rooms: the silver of the Lombardi Trophy.
Jay Glazer and Bill Simmons on Colin Kaepernick
Finally, Bill Simmons said farewell to the retiring David Ortiz—and placed him on Boston’s post-1970 Mount Rushmore.