NFL Business Analyst
Andrew Brandt joined ESPN as an NFL business analyst in February 2011. An accomplished sports executive with more than 25 years of experience in professional football, Brandt provides insight on the league’s labor news and player acquisitions by teams on all ESPN studio shows and platforms such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, First Take, Outside the Lines, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio and more. Brandt’s two and a half decades in professional football are split evenly between working in team management and player representation. He spent nine years (1999-2008) as vice president of the Green Bay Packers, where he negotiated all player contracts and managed the team’s NFL salary cap. Brandt’s skillful management earned him professional acclaim within the league. The highlights of his Packers tenure included the franchise hosting the NFC Championship Game in 2008 and negotiating contracts for most of the players who eventually lead Green Bay to victory in Super Bowl XLV.
Early in his career, Brandt worked for ProServ, Inc., where he represented marquee athletes such as Michael Jordan, Boomer Esiason and Arthur Ashe. He left ProServ in 1990 to become the general manager of the NFL World League’s Barcelona Dragons, leading the team through its appearance in the inaugural World Bowl in 1991 at London’s Wembley Stadium. At the time, he was the youngest GM in professional sports.
Following the World League, Brandt returned to player representation for Woolf Associates in Boston, representing NFL players including quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Super Bowl champion kicker Adam Vinatieri and Heisman Trophy-winning running back Ricky Williams. He left Woolf to join the Packers in 1999.
In 2008, Brandt, in collaboration with other NFL insiders, launched The National Football Post (www.nationalfootballpost.com) – a leading online resource and publication focusing on NFL business news and statistical analysis. He continues to pen his sports business columns for the site and is a full-time lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He teaches sports law, sports business and negotiations, and his academic work earned him the prestigious Whitney Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
A native of Washington, D.C., Brandt has appeared on numerous ESPN television and radio programs, and other media outlets. His writing on sports business has been published by Forbes, The Huffington Post, Sports Business Journal and more. His interests include playing jazz piano and competing in 5k races and triathlons.
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