Background Note | HBS Case Collection | January 2002

A Note on Incentives in the NFL

by Brian J. Hall and Jonathan Lim


This case describes compensation and incentive issues in one of the major U.S. professional sports leagues, the National Football League (NFL). It first provides some background information on the labor market for players and the salary cap and then describes incentive issues facing players and their agents.

Keywords: Compensation and Benefits; Labor and Management Relations; Conflict and Resolution; Motivation and Incentives; Sports; Sports Industry; United States;


Hall, Brian J., and Jonathan Lim. "A Note on Incentives in the NFL." Harvard Business School Background Note 902-129, January 2002.