John Madden, 1936-2021

The Hall of Fame coach and legendary broadcaster is dead at 85.

ESPN, Jock Culture, and Jon Gruden

Is the Worldwide Leader responsible oblivious to bigotry?

Jon Gruden ‘Resigns’ After Racist, Sexist, Homophobic Emails Revealed

A spectacular fall for a man who has been at the center of the football world for three decades.

Sponsors May Force Redskins to Change Name

Nike and FedEx may be able to do what Native American activists couldn’t.

Don Shula Dead at 90

The coaching legend led the 1972 Miami Dolphins to the only perfect season in NFL history.

NFL Settles Colin Kaepernick Collusion Suit

A confidential agreement has ended a collusion suit filed against the National Football League in 2017.

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65

One of the people most responsible for the personal computer revolution has passed away at the far-too-young age of 65.

N.F.L. To Fine Teams If Players Fail To “Stand And Show Respect” During National Anthem

The N.F.L. has come up with a dumb “solution” to a non-existent problem.

Ezekiel Elliott Gets Another Reprieve

Ezekiel Elliott got a legal reprieve late last week, but it may not last for long and it could have a big impact on the fortunes of the Dallas Cowboys.

N.F.L. Won’t Force Players To Stand For National Anthem

Downplaying earlier reports, the National Football League is shooting down reports that it would move to force players to stand for the National Anthem.

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Reinstated By Federal Appeals Court

A legal setback for Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys.

Federal Judge Halts Ezekiel Elliott Suspension

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

Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL, and Due Process

The NFLPA alleges “egregious violations of legal due process” in the Ezekiel Elliot suspension.

Supreme Court Accepts New Jersey’s Challenge To Federal Law Barring Sports Betting

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving New Jersey’s challenge to a Federal law outlawing sports betting.

Oakland Raiders Set To Move To Las Vegas

The Oakland Los Angeles Oakland Raiders are headed to Vegas, baby!

A Super Bowl For The Ages

If you changed the channel after the third quarter, you missed what ended up becoming a game for the ages.

Tom Brady Abandons ‘Deflategate’ Appeals, Will Serve Suspension Beginning In September

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady has abandoned his option to appeal the ‘Deflategate’ ruling to the Supreme Court and will serve his four game suspension beginning in September.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Ramming Speed Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Appeals Court Reinstates Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

A Federal Appeals Court has reinstated the four game suspension imposed on Tom Brady over the so-called ‘Deflategate’ scandal.

New England Patriots Fans File Frivolous Lawsuit Against N.F.L. Over Deflategate Sanctions

A group of New England Patriots fans are providing us with the latest example of stupid lawsuits that don’t belong in Court at all.

Twitter To Live Stream All Ten Thursday Night N.F.L. Games

All of next season’s Thursday Night N.F.L. games will be streamed live for free via Twitter.

Rams Returning to Los Angeles; Chargers May Join Them

St. Louis will lose its second NFL team in 28 years as the Rams go home to LA.

Greg Hardy is a Bad Human Being and a Good Football Player

My favorite sports team employs a thug.

Houston Voters Reject Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Houston voters rejected a broad anti-discrimination law largely due to a campaign that focused almost exclusively on concerns about transgender rights.

Federal Judge Overturns Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

A massive defeat in Court for the National Football League.

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

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

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

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

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

The New England Patriots And The Case Of The Deflated Balls

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

ESPN’s Conflict of Interest

Can ESPN cover sports while partnering with the sports leagues?

Arbitrator Upholds Adrian Peterson Suspension

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Despite Abuse Scandals, The NFL Remains As Popular As Ever

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

Fifty Senators Call On N.F.L. To Change Redskins Name

Once again, Washington politicians are pontificating about the Washington Redskins.

Roger Goodell Wants NFL Expansion To Los Angeles And London

Roger Goodell wants to see the NFL expand to Los Angeles and London. One city seems like an obvious choice, the other not so much.

NFL Commissioner Endorsing Heckler’s Veto Over Redskins Name?

Should one person being “offended” by more important than a vast majority who are not?