5 Areas Where the NFL’s Supply Chain Can’t Fumble

It's finally Super Bowl weekend! Who is taking the win: Patriots or Rams? 


All year we hear about the preparation of players and coaches, but that’s just a piece of the $14 billion projected revenue the NFL will generate this year. The global brand goes beyond the weekly games for six months. It’s a year-round experience!

Supply chain management, as we all know, is a non-stopping process. NFL’s personnel and team associates are always working towards the next season. Check these 5 areas where the NFL's Supply Chain can't fumble!

1.    Food!

We all know food logistics is sensitive because of expiration dates and special conditions (refrigerated trucks and containers, etc). Each NFL team and the stadiums need to coordinate very well with vendors and employees to make sure they have enough supply, labor, and the ability to feed thousands of people in a couple of hours – and usually at the same time, half time.

2.    Equipment

Each NFL team has 30+ players in a game. Every single one of them needs pads, helmets, cleats, jerseys, etc. The staff also needs uniforms, sweatshirts, tablets, footballs, monitors, headsets, and a lot more. All these items have to be purchased, stored, and shipped every week to the game location. Crazy, huh?

3.     More Equipment

We just talked about the players and staff’s equipment, but there is also the fans’ merchandise sold on NFL.com. Those need to be manufactured, shipped, stored, sold, and delivered (simplifying). Inventory control is definitely a must when it comes to football. We don’t want to see unhappy fans because their team's merchandise didn’t make it on time for Sunday’s barbecue.

4.     Traveling in different time zones

Of course, there is a lot of traveling during the NFL season. Players, staff, players’ family members, and hardcore fans are traveling every week to their games in different states, time zones, and weather. We are not only talking about moving people, but also all the equipment we just mentioned. Can you imagine what can happen if something goes wrong in all that scheduling?

5.     Field

We are not getting into the debate of what’s better: grass or turf. The point here is that whatever decision is made, the responsible crew needs to maintain the field in perfect conditions throughout the whole season. A season that starts in the end of summer and goes through winter, with weather factors to consider among other details we don’t think about as much - those yard lines don't paint themselves).

These are just five of many processes involved in this giant supply chain. If it weren't for NFL's supply chain management, your team wouldn't have a field to play on and you wouldn't have that hot dog + beer combo in hand.

Can you think of any other essential processes? Share with us!