As football fans gear up for the upcoming Super Bowl this Sunday, our authors have been delving into fascinating aspects of the game that often go unnoticed — the science behind the game and contract negotiations.

First up in The Conversation Canada today is a story from Giuseppe Di Labbio from École de technologie supérieure about the aerodynamics behind football throws. He explains how the dimensions and characteristics of footballs can affect the stability and drag of throws — and ultimately, on-field performance.

Also today in The Conversation Canada, Ryan Clutterbuck and Michael Van Bussel from Brock University write about the off-field accomplishments of NFL MVP Lamar Jackson. Not only did Jackson have an impressive performance on the field this past year, but he also negotiated the most lucrative contract in the history of the NFL.

Clutterbuck and Van Bussel provide some insights into the negotiation process behind such deals and share lessons that extend beyond the NFL, offering applicable takeaways for all of us in our everyday lives.

Also today:

All the best.

Eleni Vlahiotis

Assistant Editor, Business + Economy

In addition to a player’s ability to throw it, a number of factors will influence a ball’s flight, including its size, inflation pressure and texture. (Shutterstock)

Higher, faster: what influences the aerodynamics of a football?

Giuseppe Di Labbio, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

A football’s dimensions, pressure and texture affect its aerodynamics, i.e. the forces exerted by the air on the ball as it flies.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson looks to pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, on Dec. 31, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Lamar Jackson is the NFL’s MVP. He’s also the NFL’s most valuable negotiator.

Ryan Clutterbuck, Brock University; Michael Van Bussel, Brock University

Despite being without a long-term contract extension and representation, Lamar Jackson was able to advocate and negotiate the most lucrative contract in the history of the NFL. Here’s how.

We need to speak more about how to become the kind of man who can openly show love for others while accepting love from those who care. (Shutterstock)

Rethinking masculinity: Teaching men how to love and be loved

Jamie Paris, University of Manitoba

Encouraging men to take the risk of expressing tender feelings for others is part of relying on love as a tool of anti-racist and decolonial education.

Scholars say Israel is intentionally destroying education and cultural institutions in Gaza. Here smoke rises following Israeli bombardments in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Jan. 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Mohammed Dahman)

The war in Gaza is wiping out Palestine’s education and knowledge systems

Chandni Desai, University of Toronto

Scholars say Israel’s destruction of Gaza’s schools, universities and museums are part of an ongoing project to destroy Palestinian people, identity and ideas.

A U.S. Air Force fighter jet takes off from RAF Lakenheath in the U.K. in 2018. American nuclear weapons may soon be hosted there. (Shutterstock)

Are American nuclear weapons returning to the United Kingdom?

Émile Lambert-Deslandes, Queen's University, Ontario; Stéfanie von Hlatky, Queen's University, Ontario

NATO members, particularly those in eastern Europe, fear a Russian invasion of their territory. By stationing some of its nuclear weapons in the U.K. again, the U.S. could ease those fears.

Unhoused people and supporters protest against police as they prepare to clear homeless encampments in Edmonton on Jan. 9, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Encampment sweeps in Edmonton are yet another example of settler colonialism

Katie MacDonald, Athabasca University

Encampment sweeps in Edmonton are a brutal attack on both human and treaty rights, as well as a continuation of the violent removal of Indigenous Peoples from their land.

La Conversation Canada

L’entraînement musculaire est à peu près aussi efficace que les exercices aérobiques pour tous les aspects importants de la santé, y compris la santé cardiovasculaire. (Shutterstock)

La musculation a des bienfaits insoupçonnés sur la santé, surtout avec l'âge

Stuart Phillips, McMaster University

Les exercices aérobiques devraient partager la vedette avec l’haltérophilie en tant que forme d’exercice qui favorise la santé et qui peut être indispensable au fur et à mesure que nous vieillissons.




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