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Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Reinstated By Federal Appeals Court

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A legal setback for Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys.

Pence Leaves Colts Game Over Anthem Protest In Obviously Pre-Planned Stunt

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Vice-President Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game early in what was obviously a cynical pre-planned publicity stunt.

Aaron Hernandez Suffered From ‘Severe’ Case Of C.T.E. At Time Of Death, Report Says

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Former N.F.L. player, and convicted murderer, Aaron Hernandez suffered from a severe case of C.T.E. at the time of his death according to a post-mortem brain study.

Federal Judge Halts Ezekiel Elliott Suspension

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Once again, the National Football League sees its disciplinary and appeal process criticized by a Federal Judge.

Frank Gifford, C.T.E., And The N.F.L.’s Continuing Concussion Problem

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The news that the late football legend Frank Gifford suffered from the same chronic brain disease that has been diagnosed in many N.F.L. players in recent years, and the upcoming release of a new film on the issue, seems certain to increase pressure to protect players at all levels of football.

Federal Judge Overturns Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

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A massive defeat in Court for the National Football League.

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 […]

Common Sense On The N.F.L.’s Tax Exempt Status

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The idea that the N.F.L. “doesn’t pay taxes” is largely false.

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.

Dan Marino Withdraws From NFL Concussion Lawsuit

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Earlier today, I noted that former Dolphins Quarterback Dan Marino had joined a lawsuit against the NFL related to its treatment of concussion injuries. This afternoon, Marino announced that he was withdrawing from the suit: The football world was stunned Monday when a concussion lawsuit with Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino as star plaintiff was […]

Dan Marino Sues NFL Over Concussions

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NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino is the latest former NFL player to sue the league over what many retired players are contending has been the leagues cavailier attitude toward concussions and their long term impact: Dan Marino, the Hall of Fame member and former Miami Dolphins quarterback, last week sued the NFL over concussions, according […]

Packers Playoff Game Blacked Out In Green Bay?

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As of this moment, there seems to be a possibility that Sunday’s playoff game against San Francisco could be blacked out in Green Bay: GREEN BAY — The prospect of the Green Bay Packers not selling out a home playoff game seems unthinkable. Yet as of late Wednesday afternoon, there were around 7,500 tickets remaining for […]

NFL Tax Exempt Status Means They Pay More Taxes

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No, the NFL isn’t a non-profit. Yes, it pays massive amounts of taxes.

Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker Jovan Belcher Murder-Suicide

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Jovan Belcher, a linebacker with the Kansas City Chiefs, this morning murdered the mother of their 3-month-old baby before killing himself.

NFL Lockout That Was Off Now On Again

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No sooner did players start coming back to team facilities, than the 8th Circuit granted the league’s request and issue as temporary stay of the injunction ending the lockout. “The purpose of this administrative stay is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the merits of the motion for a stay pending appeal,” the […]

NFL, Players Agree On New CBA

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With the Draft only 27 days away, multiple lawsuits pending, and the lockout only in force for a few weeks, the NFL announced that an agreement on a new CBA had been reached with players.

NFL Players Invoke Nuclear Option

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No matter how the owners and players resolve their squabble, the fans are likely to get screwed.

Self-Refuting Arguments: Snow Edition

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Rush Limbaugh argues we’re seeing “the Chickificiation of America” because of a delayed ballgame: All I could think about was the Donner Party.  You know the story of the Donner Party.  A bunch of pioneers heading out to California got trapped in a blizzard in the Sierra Nevada mountain range out there near Lake Tahoe […]

18-Game NFL Schedule Moves Into The Red Zone

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A shorter preseason and more meaningful games may come to fruition as soon as 2012.

Today’s Vocab Word: “Purple Drank”

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Thanks to JaMarcus Russell, I have learned a new term.

Europe’s Nadir?

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“It is more than a little ironic that NATO has committed itself to defining a new strategic concept at precisely the moment the transatlantic relationship counts for less than at any time since the 1930s.”  So begins an FT op-ed by CFR president Richard Haass. I assess this argument in “Goodbye to Europe?,” a lengthy […]

Tim Tebow’s Wonderlic Prayer Request

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ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio presents anecdotal evidence that Tim Tebow’s habit of wearing his religion on his sleeve (not to mention his eyeblack) may not translate as well at the next level. At the Scouting Combine, the Wonderlic exam is administered to players in groups.  The 12-minute test is preceded by some brief instructions and comments […]

NBC Olympic Coverage: Congressional Action Needed?

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Senator Herb Kohl is pressuring NBC to open up online access to its Olympic coverage. A Democratic senator criticized NBC on Friday for its handling of online access to the Vancouver Olympics, calling it unfair and restrictive. Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, wrote NBC Universal Chief Executive […]

NFL Players Association vs. Typical Unions

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CAP’s David Madland argues that the ongoing labor dispute between the National Football League and its player’s union demonstrates how much better off non-professional-athlete workers would be if they were unionized. But the fact that the players are able to bargain on equal footing with the owners is directly relevant to our economic fate. One […]

God and the Elite-Populist Divide

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Two tangentially related stories that have gotten a lot of play in the blogosphere this week are Pat Robertson’s declaration that Haiti’s horrific earthquake was punishment from God for an alleged “pact to the devil” [sic] and the revelation that Sarah Palin wasn’t the bit nervous about being under the sudden spotlight of a national […]

Europe’s New Leadership in Perspective

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My latest for Foreign Policy, “The Eurocrats Europe Needs,” is up.   It attempts to bring some perspective to the negative reactions — my own included! — that accompanied the selection of  Herman Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton as president and high representative for foreign policy, respectively, of the EU. Many had hoped for a kind […]

Punt the NFL

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Glenn Reynolds links some poor sap who is angry at the NFL because Rush Limbaugh has been dumped from the group bidding for the Rams and is going to start a one-man boycott under the banner “Punt the NFL.” I have cancelled my DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package (including the Supercast). I will not watch […]

Dallas Cowboys ‘Party Pass’ Fiasco

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In addition to embarrassing themselves with a shoddy performance in their first real game at their new stadium, the Dallas Cowboys vastly oversold standing-room-only “Party Pass” tickets in order to set the NFL attendance record. Arlington officials and the Dallas Cowboys are discussing the possibility of reducing the number of standing-room-only tickets by two-thirds after […]

Manly Thoughts

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If you haven’t been reading MANzine lately, here’s what you’ve missed: Features: Fixing College Football (James Joyner) –   Most of the first weekend’s college football games are a joke that make a mockery of sportsmanship and competition. Manliness in the Modern Age (Alex Knapp) – I’ve never understood why so many of my male […]

Mary Jo Kopechne

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In my early morning Teddy Kennedy Dead at 77 media roundup post, I observed, “That the Chappaquiddick scandal didn’t make the first several paragraphs — or even first page — of several of these obits is quite remarkable. It would be like writing an obit for Richard Nixon that didn’t mention Watergate or one for […]

Steve McNair Killed in Tennessee

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Steve McNair is dead: Former NFL MVP Steve McNair has been shot and killed. Titans owner Bud Adams confirmed the quarterback’s death in a brief statement released Saturday. Adams called him “one of the finest players to play for our organization and one of the most beloved players by our fans. He played with unquestioned […]

Supreme Court Takes NFL Apparel Case

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The Supreme Court today agreed to consider whether the NFL is violating federal antitrust law in its exclusive licensing deal with Reebok. The court said it will hear an appeal from American Needle Inc., of Buffalo Grove, Ill., that challenges an agreement the NFL struck with Reebok International Ltd. American Needle had been one of […]

NFL Betting

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Delaware has legalized parlay betting and hopes to allow wagers on multiple NFL games.  The league is fighting this vigorously, seeing a wave of NFL gambling coming if it allows it to happen in Delaware.  This, despite the fact that NFL betting is legal in Nevada. At a time when states are facing major revenue […]

Premier League vs. American Team Sports

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To illustrate that US professional sports have a lot of “hilariously anticompetitive interferences in the market” compared to the English Premier League, Daniel Davies constructs an artificial sports league based on all major professional teams in “Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC” in order to achieve a comparable population […]

Quote of the Day – LeBron Edition

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“I would tell him I think he needs to lay down on the couch and have some warm milk and listen to some soft music. Football’s not something he needs to do. If he asked my advice, I’d tell him to keep playing basketball because he’s doing OK.”  – Bill Parcells on whether LeBron James […]

NFL Draft Live Blogging

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The last couple of years, I’ve live-blogged the NFL draft over at OTB Sports.  With the draft starting three hours later and the Dallas Cowboys not having a pick until the 52nd spot owing to the Roy Williams trade, I just don’t have a pick-by-pick play-by-play in me this year. [UPDATE:   Bill Jempty has stepped […]

AIG Precedent: Taxing Pro Athletes

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Scott Ott reports that the other shoe has dropped: With the debate over AIG executive bonuses nearly bringing official Washington to a standstill in the past three weeks, the Obama administration today expanded its plan to control Wall Street executive pay, adding provisions to limit compensation for star performers in the National Football League (NFL), […]

Filibuster Reform: Is The Time Right?

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Kevin Drum agrees with Duncan Black that it’s fine for Republicans to oppose Barack Obama and the Democrats. He adds, though, that “The filibuster was never intended to become a routine requirement that all legislation needs 60% of the vote in the Senate to pass. But that’s what it’s become. It’s time for reform.” Steve […]

Is Ben Roethlisberger a Great Quarterback?

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John Cole passes on a Cold, Hard Football Facts essay arguing that Ben Roethlisberger is, despite the naysayers, an elite QB.  The essence of the argument is that, hey, he wins a lot of games so he must be good. Big Ben’s resume now includes a game-winning touchdown drive in the final two minutes of […]

Super Bowl Improving with Age

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Dan Drezner makes a point that has occurred to me as well: This is an age when it’s fashionable to complain about everything in America going downhill. So it’s worth pointing out that, compared to my youth, the Super Bowl is an event that has improved with age. This past decade the games have been […]

Super Bowl Retreads

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DMN’s Kevin Sherrington has an amusing quip: “I know what you’re thinking: He’s doing research? Is it because newspapers are in trouble? Yes, it is. Keep reading.” But, alas, while I’m sympathetic to his thesis — “If you want to go to the Super Bowl, don’t expect to make it on retreads.” — he needed […]

AP: Tony Dungy to Retire

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The AP and other outlets are reporting that Tony Dungy plans to retire from coaching after seven years as head coach of the Indianaopolis Colts: He was meeting with players throughout the day to say goodbye, and will be replaced by assistant Jim Caldwell, the reports said, citing unidentified sources. The move comes a little […]

NFL Games Not a Family-Friendly Experience

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Thomas Barnett took his son to Soldier Field to watch last night’s game between the Bears and his beloved Packers. Not surprisingly, his team lost a close one. He was, however, surprised about the atmosphere: the two spent the night being verbally abused by drunken buffoons who questioned their sexuality and threatened them with physical […]

DC Statehood Violates Serious Principles

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The DC Council’s petition asking  President-Elect Obama to put “Taxation Without Representation” plates on his limo to “send a clear message to the entire nation and the world” that he supports giving the city a vote in Congress has prompted Matt Yglesias to argue for DC statehood. You would, of course, need to carve out […]

NFL in 3D

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The NFL is going to debut its 3-D technology next week. With sports fans still getting used to their high-definition television sets, the National Football League is already thinking ahead to the next potential upgrade: 3-D. Next week, a game between the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders will be broadcast live in 3-D […]

Brett Favre’s House

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A story in the print edition of Sports Illustrated on the sale of Brett Favre’s house in Green Bay captured my attention.  I can’t find it online but it appears to have taken its cue from an October 2 piece in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. There’s no “for sale” sign in front of the ranch-style […]

McCain and Obama Debate Dallas Cowboys

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David Thomas of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram has an excellent parody interview with Barack Obama and John McCain on NFL football and the Dallas Cowboys. In order to establish your affiliations before we get to the Cowboys, what NFL team do you root for? Obama: “I’m a Chicagoan, so the Bears have obviously had a […]

Vince Young Gets Some Bill Cosby-esque Advice

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Jason Whitlock, award-winning FOXSports.com and Kansas City Star columnist, says ” I-told-you-so” regarding Vince Young’s recent difficulties. In the process, he makes some cogent and thought-provoking comments not unlike Bill Cosby’s remarks about black families a few years ago that apply well beyond the insulated universe of the NFL: I’m not surprised Vince Young tried […]

Gene Upshaw Dead at 63

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Gene Upshaw, Hall of Fame offensive lineman and executive director of the NFLPA, has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 63. Upshaw played for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders from 1967 through 1981. He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and an 11-time All-Pro, playing on two Super Bowl-winning teams with the […]

2008 Election ‘Regular Season’ Kickoff

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Although some of us have been obsessing about Campaign 2008 since, oh, November 2004, what’s happened thus far is the political equivalent of the NFL’s offseason.  Both parties have completed their drafts and we’ve had some exhibition games but most people are waiting for the regular season to start before paying attention. That happens next […]

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