You might think of Adam Sandler as a comedian or an actor, but above everything else, he’s a businessman. Sandler and his team of managers, agents, and creative advisors are experts at making money. It should come as no surprise that today The New York Times revealed Sandler’s deal with Netflix to produce and star in four movies available exclusively on the video-streaming service. This deal is the work of a talented businessman — even if it doesn’t look it at first.

On the surface, Sandler doesn’t appear to benefit from this deal as much as Netflix. The majority of the actor’s films in the past decade have surpassed $100 million in ticket sales, making back their $40 million to $80 million budgets and plenty more. And he remains one of…

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