Mark Yost

Mark Yost


Mark Yost has written about the business of sports for more than 20 years.

Long before The Wall Street Journal had a daily Sports page, Yost wrote about the business of sports for the paper’s Leisure and Arts pages, deconstructing everything from stadium financing deals to player contracts.

In 2006, Yost wrote “Tailgating, Sacks and Salary Caps: How the NFL Became the Most Successful Sports League in History," giving readers a thorough understanding of the history and evolution of league finances, from negotiations around Commissioner Bert Bell’s kitchen table in the 1940s to the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Yost has also written extensively about the business and culture of college football. In 2008, he wrote about the bad fan behavior at NFL games, a piece that led to the initiation of the NFL’s first-ever Fan Behavior Policy.

Yost, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., is also the author of "The 200 MPH Billboard: The Inside Story of How Big Money Changed Nascar," and "Varsity Green: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Culture and Corruption of College Athletics."