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N.L.R.B. Denies Student Athletes’ Bid To Unionize

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The National Labor Relations Board refused to certify an effort by athletes at Northwestern University to unionize.

Scott Walker’s Crony Capitalism

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“Fiscal conservative” Scott Walker is handing Wisconsin taxpayers a $400 million bill for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

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Not surprisingly, Tom Brady’s appeal of his Deflategate suspension was not successful.

Ken Stabler Dead at 69

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Kenny “The Snake” Stabler, legendary Alabama Crimson Tide and Oakland Raiders quarterback, has died of cancer at the age of 69.

Federal Judge Upholds Revocation Of Redskins Trademarks

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A Federal Judge has uphold a Patent Office ruling revoking the Redskins Trademarks on the ground that they are “disparaging” toward Native Americans.

Women’s World Cup Pay Disparity Is Due To The Marketplace, Not Discrimination

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The winners of the Women’s World Cup will get paid far less than the men that played last year, but that’s not because of sexism.

Fireworks Dumbitude

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The older I get (and as I approach “you kids get off my lawn”-ness), the more I get frustrated by fireworks in the wild.  By that I mean:  I love a good fireworks display, but wish people would stop buying the durn things and setting them off days before (and days after) the 4th of […]

Soccer Ratings Win for World Cup Champs

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Via NPR:  U.S. Women Shatter TV Ratings Record For Soccer With World Cup Win While some 17 million American viewers tuned in to the 7 p.m. ET start of Sunday’s game, that number quickly grew to 21.86 million an hour later — and reached 22.86 million at 8:30 p.m. ET, according to preliminary data from […]

Federal Government Threatens To Hold Up New Redskins Stadium Unless Team Changes Name

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The Federal Government is threatening to hold up plans for a new Redskins stadium unless the team changes its name.

New Report Indicates Pete Rose Bet As A Player, And Lied About It

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Pete Rose’s efforts at rehabilitation may have just been fatally injured.

St. Louis Cardinals Officials Investigated For Hacking The Houston Astros

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Cardinals executives were doing a little more than just stealing signs, apparently.

Why Aren’t Racehorses Getting Faster?

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Humans have been getting progressively bigger, faster, and stronger. Not so horses.

American Pharoah Wins First Triple Crown In 37 Years

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A thirty-seven year long drought is over.

Petitioner Wants Olympics To Revoke Medal Caitlyn Jenner Won As Bruce Jenner

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This is perhaps the silliest idea ever.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Resigns As The Vultures Circle

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FIFA’s President surprised everyone today by resigning, but he’s likely to stay in power for as long as another ten months.

Justice Department Indicts Top FIFA Officials In Corruption And Bribery Scandal

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Several of the top representatives of soccer’s governing body have been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in New York.

Patriots Will Not Appeal N.F.L.’s DeflateGate Sanctions

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In a move that surprised many, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced this afternoon that the team would not appeal the sanctions imposed against it over the scandal that has come to be known as “DeflateGate”: Robert K. Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, who has been confrontational while warring with theN.F.L. […]

Evander Holyfield Bests Mitt Romney in Boxing Match

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A five-time heavyweight champion has beaten a rich politician in a bizarre charity event.

Tom Brady Appeals Suspension, Roger Goodell Says He’ll Hear The Appeal

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As expected, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady formally appealed the four game suspension imposed by the National Football League over the so-called “DeflateGate” scandal, and N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would personally hear the appeal rather than handing it off to an outside arbitrator: Tom Brady formally appealed his four-game suspension on Thursday […]

Tom Brady Suspended Four Games, Patriots Fined, In DeflateGate Scandal

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It didn’t take the N.F.L. long to lower the hammer on Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Pentagon Paid N.F.L. For Tributes To Troops

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The tributes to the troops you see during N.F.L. games were most likely bought and paid for with your tax dollars.

N.F.L. Reports That Patriots Personnel Probably Intentionally Deflated Balls

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A report prepared for the N.F.L. regarding the so-called ‘DeflateGate’ scandal doesn’t have very good news for the Patriots or their star quarterback.

N.F.L. To Give Up Its Tax Exempt Status

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The N.F.L.’s league office is giving up its tax exempt status, but that means far less than the headline implies.

Fixing the NBA Draft

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“Tanking” to improve draft position has plagued the NBA for years. The solution is obvious.

Tim Tebow To Become The Fifth Quarterback On The Philadelphia Eagles

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Tim Tebow, who hasn’t played in a regular season NFL game since being released by the New York Jets at the end of the 2012 season, will be joining a Philadelphia Eagles team that is already top heavy with Quarterbacks: Reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are about to sign Tim Tebow raise a host of […]

N.F.L. Reinstates Adrian Peterson

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With five months to go before the start of the NFL season, Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson is being reinstated after sitting out most of last year due to charges of child abuse, but it’s unclear where he’ll actually be playing in September: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated on Friday, […]

35 Years Ago Today: The Miracle On Ice

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For those of us old enough to remember, February 22nd, 1980 marked one of the great moments in sports history.

Most Tweeted Super Bowl Ever

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The most tweeted Super Bowl ever, lit up like Christmas in one awesome map

Ernie Banks, MLB Hall Of Famer And “Mr. Cub,” Dies At 83

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Ernie Banks, who spent all of his 19 Major League seasons with the Chicago Cubs and became a joyous Ambassador for baseball itself in retirement, has died at the age of 83: Ernie Banks, the greatest power-hitting shortstop of the 20th century and an unconquerable optimist whose sunny disposition never dimmed in 19 seasons with […]

The New England Patriots And The Case Of The Deflated Balls

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A new Patriots cheating scandal, or much ado about nothing?

Joe Paterno’s Wins Restored

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A victory for evil.

Chris Christie Lampooned as Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

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The enmity against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for daring to root for the rival Dallas Cowboys has reached new lows, with the state’s newspapers lampooning him as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.  The Trentonian put this on its Friday cover: This follows Star-Ledger cartoonist Drew Sheneman‘s “Christie Does Dallas” parody earlier in the week:   Sheneman’s logic is […]

Wow

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Via the BBC:  Rob Konrad: Ex-Miami Dolphin falls off boat, swims nine miles Konrad, 38, swam the equivalent of 290 lengths of an Olympic-size swimming pool after his 36-foot boat, which was on auto pilot, drifted away from him off the South Florida coast. It took him roughly 12 hours to swim to shore.

ESPN’s Conflict of Interest

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Can ESPN cover sports while partnering with the sports leagues?

Bring Back the BCS!

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Some preliminary thoughts on the inaugural college playoff system.

F.C.C. Rejects Petition To Declare ‘Redskins’ An Obscene Word

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Not surprisingly, the F.C.C. has rejected a petition to ban the word “Redskins” from the airwaves.

Arbitrator Upholds Adrian Peterson Suspension

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Unlike Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson has lost his bid to have his suspension overturned.

Bill Cosby vs. Ben Roethlisberger

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Chris Rock wants us to remember that Bill Cosby isn’t the only celebrity accused of rape.

Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State Head To College Football Playoffs

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You’ve got your playoff College Football fans, as imperfect as it was inevitably going to be.

Ray Rice Wins Appeal Of Indefinite N.F.L. Suspension, Now Immediately Eligible To Play

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In a slap to the face of the N.F.L. and Commissioner Roger Goodell, an arbitrator has overturned the indefinite suspension that was imposed on former Ravens Running Back Ray Rice back in September.

Federal Judge Blocks New Jersey Sports Betting, But N.B.A. Commissioner Says ‘Legalize It’

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Once again, a Federal Judge has barred New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting based on Federal law. it’s time for the Federal Government to get out of the way on this issue.

N.F.L. Suspends Adrian Peterson For Remainder Of Season

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Despite entering into a plea deal on the child abuse charges that had been entered against him that includes no admission that there was abuse involved, and the intervention of the N.F.L. Players Association, the National Football League has announced that Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson will remain suspended for the remainder of the season, […]

NFL Players Association Wants Adrian Peterson Reinstated Immediately

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Just days after entering a plea to reduced offenses related to the felony child abuse charges that were made against him earlier this season, charges which led to his indefinite suspension from the NFL, the NFL Player’s union says that Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson should be reinstated immediately: The NFL Players Association sent […]

To Promote Game At Wembley Stadium The Cowboys Seem To Agree, #CowboysUK

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The Dallas Cowboys will be playing the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium this weekend in the third and final game of the National Football League’s three game series in the United Kingdom. While the team appears to have avoided the Atlanta Falcons embarrassing error of placing London in Spain, whoever happens to be in charge […]

The New College Football Playoff System Won’t Be Any Better Than the B.C.S. Was

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The B.C.S. was far from perfect, and the College Football Playoff system will be, at best, only slightly better.

Virginia GOP Senate Candidate Using Redskins Name Controversy In Hail Mary Ad Campaign

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Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie picked an odd issue on which to start his closing argument to Virginia voters.

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 […]

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