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Federal Judge Blocks Sports Betting In New Jersey, But It Should Be Legal Everywhere

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Not surprisingly a Federal Judge has blocked New Jersey’s latest effort to legalize sports gaming. As a matter of policy, though, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be legal to place wagers on sporting events.

Sports Leagues File Suit To Stop Sports Gambling In New Jersey

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All of the major sports leagues are trying to stop New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports gambling. They should not be allowed to succeed.

British Government Backs N.F.L. Franchise In London, But It Doesn’t Make Sense

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The N.F.L. and the British Government are both behind the idea of a franchise in London, but the idea doesn’t really make sense for the league, or the game.

Do The Atlanta Falcons Know Where London Is?

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The Atlanta Falcons will be playing the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday in a game that will air quite early in the United States, with a 9:30am Eastern start time on the East Coast, though. Earlier this week, though, the Falcons tried to inform their fans of what it takes to […]

Ray Rice Could Be Back In The N.F.L. Before The Season Is Over

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CBS Sports reports that it is possible that Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens Running Back who was released by the team and indefinitely suspended by the N.F.L. after additional details of the February incident where he severely beat his now wife in an elevator, could be back in uniform before the end of the […]

4 of AP Top 5 From SEC West

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Four teams from the SEC West—two each from Mississippi and Alabama—are in the top 5 of the AP poll. AP (“SEC is 1st conference to put 4 in top 5 of AP poll“): The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four […]

F.C.C. Set To Ban The Word “Redskins” From The Airwaves?

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The F.C.C. will be considering a petition to ban the word “Redskins” from the airwaves.

F.C.C. Eliminates Sports Blackout Rule Over N.F.L Objections

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A long standing rule is finally repealed, but it’s not likely to change your viewing choices.

Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah Penalized For End Zone Muslim Prayer?

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Kansas City Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah was charged with an excessive celebration penalty after taking a position of prayer after scouring a touchdown off an interception in last night’s Chiefs routing of the Patriots, and some people are raising red flags: Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim. He’s also a safety for the Chiefs, and […]

Derek Jeter Ends His Yankee Stadium Career With A Moment Straight Out Of Hollywood

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After a season in which he received retirement honors in every city the Yankees played in, last night was Derek Jeter’s last home game at Yankee Stadium, and it ended better than a Hollywood screenwriter could have scripted it: He almost started crying as he drove himself to Yankee Stadium in the afternoon. He had […]

Daily Show Airs “Controversial” Redskins Segment

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Last night, The Daily Show aired the segment about the Redskins that James Joyner earlier this week. It’s pretty standard fare for a Jason Jones piece, but they didn’t actually end up airing very much footage from the “confrontation” between the Redskins fans and the group of Native American Indians Jones had interviewed: “The Daily Show […]

Phil Simms Won’t Say ‘Redskins’ During Tonight’s Football Game

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Tonight, CBS will be broadcasting the Thursday Night Football game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, and at least one of the two announcers will be trying to avoid referring to one of the teams by its name: CBS lead analyst Phil Simms plans to try to avoid saying “Redskins” during Washington’s […]

ESPN Was Right to Suspend Bill Simmons for Calling Roger Goodell a Liar

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The Worldwide Leader has a conflict of interest. But it handled it correctly in this case.

Total Respect and Deep Appreciation

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Apropos of a recent OTB post:

Qatar Won’t Host World Cup, Says FIFA Official

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A member of FIFA’s inner circle says Qatar won’t be hosting the 2022 World Cup after all.

South Park Trolls Washington Redskins

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The South Park gang is weighing in on the Washington Redskins name controversy in classic style.  TPM: South Park aired a season 18 preview in which the show takes on the controversy over the Washington Redskins’ name during the team’s Sunday game. In the promo, Redskins owner Dan Snyder asks that other companies stop using […]

Detroit Lions Linebacker Injured Celebrating Play

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Detroit Lions Linebacker Stephen Tulloch got a little too excited after a play in today’s game against the Packers: Most Detroit Lions play ever? Linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who actually is a pretty darned good player, decided that he needed to celebrate teammate Ziggy Ansah’s tackle. After a two-yard gain. A good play. Not a great […]

‘Daily Show’ Ambushes Redskins Fans in Unfair Segment

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These segments are usually unfair; they outdid themselves this time.

Despite Abuse Scandals, The NFL Remains As Popular As Ever

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A new poll indicates that NFL fans plan to keep watching despite the recent domestic abuse scandals.

Texas Rangers Call Up Minor League Coach with Parkinsons So He Can Have Health Insurance

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A heartwarming story. But why don’t minor league coaches have insurance?

The TMZification of Sports

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Today’s sports media more closely resemble Court TV and TMZ than the SportsCenter of yore.

N.C.A.A. Lifts All Of Its Sanctions Against Penn State

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Well, that punishment didn’t last for very long.

NFL Punishing Victim in Ray Rice Case

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The firing actually hurts Janay Rice much more than it does Ray.

Baltimore Ravens Cut Ray Rice

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Less than a day after the release of a new surveillance video showing the full extent of the physical assault he inflicted on his then girlfriend in an Atlantic City hotel elevator, Ray Rice has been cut by the Baltimore Ravens: The Baltimore Ravens terminated running back Ray Rice’s contract Monday after a graphic video […]

Being Jerry Jones

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While Doug Mataconis will love this interview, James Joyner and I need a stiff drink or two after reading (however, I cannot afford the Johnny Walker Blue):  Jerry Football The facts: Since the start of the 1997 season, the Cowboys have established themselves as the NFL’s masters of mediocrity, with a record of 136-136 and […]

Washington Post Won’t Use ‘Redskins’ in Editorials–But Will on Sports Pages

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The capital’s paper has issued a partial ban on the controversial nickname of the local NFL franchise.

L.A. Clippers Officially Sold To Steve Ballmer

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The N.B.A. has announced that the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been completed: It’s official. Donald Sterling no longer owns the Los Angeles Clippers. The NBA sent out a news release this afternoon confirming the sale of the team to ex-Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. It reads: […]

NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart Hits And Kills Driver In Apparent Accident

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Last night during a race in upstate New York, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver in an incident that seems bizarre from beginning to end: CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to […]

San Antonio Spurs Hire NBA’s First Full-Time Female Assistant Coach

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Yesterday, the San Antonio Spurs became the first NBA team to hire a woman as a full-time assistant coach: On Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs announced the hire of Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the NBA’s first full-time female coach. The 37-year-old will become the second woman to serve on the league’s coaching […]

Morgan Freeman Reads LeBron James’ ‘Coming Home’ Letter

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I heard this on the way in to work this morning: Frank Caliendo reads LeBron James’ “letter” explaining why he chose to go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the voice of Morgan Freeman’s “Shawshank Redemption” character. My familiarity with Caliendo was from the often lame bits he did on the Fox NFL pregame show […]

New College Football Championship Trophy Unveiled

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With the BCS officially dead as the means of determining the national College Football Champion, and a new playoff system set to debut with the season that starts later this year, it’s time for a new trophy: IRVING, Texas — College football now has a new championship trophy as it embarks on the start of […]

Yes, Americans Care About Soccer Now

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My latest for The Hill, “America Comes to Soccer,” has posted.

LeBron James Is Returning To Cleveland

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‘The Decision’ is undecided.

World Cup Fever: Vatican Edition

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With Germany and Argentina headed to the the World Cup Final on Sunday, things might be a little tense around Vatican City for the next several days: There’s been some suggestion that neither Francis nor Benedict will be watching the game since it starts around 10pm Rome time on Sunday. Perhaps, but when one of […]

Brazil’s Coach Shows How to Lose

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Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari took responsibility for the 7-1 loss to Germany.

LeBron James’ Game (Theory)

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Does the NBA’s best player have first mover advantage? Or should he take his time?

Sleeping Yankees ‘Fan’ Files Frivolous Lawsuit

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A Yankee fan who was caught on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball sleeping in the middle of a Yankees-Red Sox game is suing ESPN, Major League Baseball, and the New York Yankees: A fan caught on camera sleeping during a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game in April has filed a defamation lawsuit against Major League […]

75 Years Ago, Lou Gehrig Gave His Farewell Address

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Seventy five years ago today, the career of one of the best known sports figures of his time was brought to an abrupt end thanks to a disease that now bears his name: The distinctive sentence structure and New England accent stay with us 54 years after JFK delivered, “Ask not what your country can […]

Has Soccer Finally Captured American Hearts?

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Only two 2013 college football games attracted more viewers that Tuesday’s World Cup match vs. Belgium.

Isaiah Austin Picked 15-1/2th in NBA Draft

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In a classy move, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selected Isaiah Austin in the middle of the first round of the 2014 draft. AP/ESPN (“NBA selects Isaiah Austin in draft“): Between the 15th and 16th picks in Thursday night’s draft came a very special selection by the NBA. Commissioner Adam Silver announced at that point that the NBA […]

U.S. And Germany Play Soccer! In Space!

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One day before the U.S. and Germany meet in the World Cup, American and German astronauts got in a little game of their own: To help celebrate the upcoming match, NASA  released a video of the three astronauts showing off their soccer skills in zero gravity. The video features some upside down kicks, a header, and […]

Get Ready For Another Three Months Of LeBron James Hype

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There had been some speculation during the NBA finals that LeBron James, who has led the Miami Heat to the NBA finals four times and won twice and been the leagues most valuable player three times, would apply for free agency after the season ended, and that’s exactly what he’s done: Carmelo Anthony enjoyed the […]

“Redskin” as Slang and Slur

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An interesting read via The Atlantic:    When Slang Becomes a Slur. UPDATE (James Joyner): An excerpt: Whatever the connotations of “redskin” now, the question facing the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board was whether it was disparaging when the team first registered it as a trademark in 1967. [...] That may not have been so terribly […]

The Redskins Trademark Decision Is Legally Dubious, And Troubling

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However you feel about the Redskins name, the decision to retroactively repeal their trademarks is troubling on many levels.

Washington Redskins Trademark Canceled

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The US Government has deemed the nickname of the capital’s NFL club racially offensive.

Who Owns a Tattoo?

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Those who tattoo celebrities want to be be paid when their tattoos appear in the media.

Baseball Hall Of Famer Tony Gwynn Dead At 54

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Tony Gwynn, who spent his entire 20 year career with the San Diego Padres and had the highest batting average in the National League eight different seasons, has died at 54 after a long battle with cancer: Tony Gwynn, who won a record eight National League batting championships, amassed 3,141 hits and gained acclaim as […]

Donald Sterling Wants To Air The NBA’s Dirty Laundry

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There’s really no better word for it than blackmail.

Legendary Steelers Coach Chuck Noll Dies At 82

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Chuck Noll, who coached the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1991 and led the team to four Super Bowl Championships, has died at the age of 82: Chuck Noll, who built the “Steel Curtain”Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s into one of the most dominant teams in pro football history, becoming the only N.F.L. coach to win […]

#StopDadPants

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Sarah Harbaugh with an important public service announcement: The Score: Back in January, Sarah Harbaugh, the wife of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, spoke out about her husband’s love of pleated khaki pants. Now, she’s teaming up with Dockers to put an end to an epidemic affecting countless men around the world: Dad […]

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