Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2005 (Revised October 2005)

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots (A)

by John R. Wells and Travis Haglock

Abstract

What happens when an MBA buys a football team and hires a bunch of MBAs and a coach with an economics degree to run it? In this case, a historic three Super Bowls in five years. The end run Bob Kraft (HBS '65) used to acquire the New England Patriots. Why Kraft ignored the advice of friends and hired Bill Belichick, a man with a losing record as a head coach. The strategies. The principles. The techniques. How the Patriots not only achieved success but sustained it.

Keywords: Strategy; Management Style; Motivation and Incentives; Leading Change; Management Practices and Processes; Leadership Style; Sports; Management Teams; Sports Industry; United States;

Citation:

Wells, John R., and Travis Haglock. "Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots (A)." Harvard Business School Case 706-413, August 2005. (Revised October 2005.)