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Hacked NFL Twitter Account Announces Roger Goodell's Death

And CNBC fell for it

(Newser) - Preventing an outpouring of grief we're sure would've rivaled those for Muhammad Ali and Prince, reports of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's death Tuesday turned out to be a hoax. “We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57.... More »

Massive Report Alleges Patriots' Cheating Worse Than Thought

ESPN says 'Deflategate' was 'a makeup call' for Spygate cover-up

(Newser) - In a massive ESPN report —more than 10,000 words put together based on interviews with more than 90 players, coaches, team owners, and league officials, plus "previously undisclosed private notes from key meetings"—Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham lay out their case that the... More »

Patriots Owner: We Won't Appeal Deflategate Punishment

Robert Kraft says he 'reluctantly' realizes it's in everyone's best interests

(Newser) - Tom Brady filed an appeal just days after the league suspended him for four games over Deflategate —but the Patriots have given up and won't be fighting the league's punishment, CBS News reports. In a five-minute press conference today out of San Francisco, where the league is... More »

NFL Will Finally Pay the Tax Man

Giving up tax-exempt status means it no longer discloses exec compensation

(Newser) - The National Football League has decided to let the tax man come calling after its billions in revenue, reports NBC Sports . The league will voluntarily give up its controversial tax-exempt status, a 501(c)(6) exemption it's held since 1966, which Commissioner Roger Goodell dismissed today as a "distraction,"... More »

Janay Rice: 'I Can't Say' Goodell Is 'Telling the Truth'

Says Ray Rice told NFL truth from the get-go

(Newser) - Janay Rice continues her steadfast defense of husband Ray in an interview with NBC set to air tomorrow and Tuesday, telling Matt Lauer that Ray Rice told the NFL the truth and nothing but the truth about the domestic violence incident that has sidelined his career. Referring to NFL Commissioner... More »

Adrian Peterson Out for Season With No Pay

Vikings running back can't be reinstated till April 2015, will appeal NFL decision

(Newser) - Just two days ago, Adrian Peterson complained about his paid leave from the Minnesota Vikings, but now he's got other worries: He's been suspended from the NFL without pay for the rest of the season, NFL.com reports. The running back—who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless... More »

Ravens Knew Details of Ray Rice Case Within Hours

ESPN: Rice felt team owner was essentially bribing him to stay quiet

(Newser) - If you haven't had enough of the Ray Rice scandal yet, ESPN offers the most thorough account to date of what happened in a new investigative piece. Interviews with more than 20 sources "found a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL since... More »

Goodell: NFL to Crack Down, but I'm Not Resigning

Commissioner outlines plans amid domestic violence cases

(Newser) - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL plans to have new personal conduct policies in place by the Super Bowl. At a news conference today, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence . He did not announce... More »

Ex-FBI Chief to Investigate Handling of Ray Rice Case

Independent inquiry to be overseen by 2 NFL owners

(Newser) - Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will conduct an "independent" inquiry into the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case , the league has announced. The move comes after a source said the NFL had the tape of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee five months before it expelled him from... More »

NFL Was Sent Ray Rice Video Months Ago: AP

Police source says he sent it to an unnamed executive

(Newser) - If Roger Goodell's job as NFL commissioner was on thin ice in the wake of the Ray Rice case, that ice just got even thinner: A law enforcement source tells the AP that he sent a video of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months... More »

Goodell: Rice Video 'Extremely Graphic, Sickening'

Commish says NFL was 'never granted opportunity' to see clip

(Newser) - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is coming under increasing fire for his actions—or, as some are saying, inaction—surrounding the Ray Rice domestic-violence controversy after a second video of Rice emerged Monday, this one actually showing the alleged assault on his then-fiancee Janay Palmer (now his wife). Goodell told Norah... More »

Save the NFL: Hire Condi Rice to Run It

The league she loves needs her more than ever, writes Jonathan Capehart

(Newser) - The NFL is a mess, with its reputation in the tank and its players unable to stay off the police blotter. Commissioner Roger Goodell bears a good deal of the responsibility, thanks to his inept leadership in recent years, writes Jonathan Capehart in the Washington Post . The awful Ray Rice... More »

Why the Ray Rice Video Forced the NFL to Act

Obama weighs in on domestic abuse

(Newser) - At first, it was a two-game punishment. But when video emerged of Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator, it took just 10 hours and 18 minutes for a harsher penalty to take effect: The Baltimore Ravens running back lost his job . That will result in a multimillion-dollar loss... More »

NFL: We Blew It on Domestic Violence

League toughens penalties after outcry over Ray Rice case

(Newser) - When the NFL issued a two-game suspension to a star player who assaulted his then-fiancee, the league took much flak for treating the offense so lightly. Now, in a letter to owners, league chief Roger Goodell has issued a mea culpa, reports ESPN . "I didn't get it right,... More »

Half the Senate Tells NFL to Change Redskins' Name

Just 5 Democratic senators don't take part

(Newser) - Half the US Senate urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today to change the Washington Redskins' name, saying it is a racist slur and the time is ripe to replace it. In one letter, 49 Democratic senators cited the NBA's quick action recently to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald... More »

Minneapolis Awarded 2018 Super Bowl

New stadium helps city beat New Orleans, Indianapolis

(Newser) - If you build it, the Super Bowl will come. That message rang loud and clear yesterday when Minneapolis was awarded the 2018 game after a vote by NFL owners rewarded the city for its new stadium deal. The owners chose Minneapolis and the $1 billion stadium planned for the site... More »

Lawmakers to NFL: Change Redskins' Name, or Else

League faces threat to tax-exempt status

(Newser) - The Washington Redskins' name is facing a new attack, this time from two members of Congress. Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell, who heads the Indian Affairs Committee, tells the New York Times that if the NFL doesn't take action, legislators will "definitely" review the league's tax-exempt status. "... More »

NFL: We're Not Going to Promote ObamaCare

Statement comes after Senate Republicans sent letter to sports leagues

(Newser) - The latest political skirmish over ObamaCare comes in the unlikeliest of places: the world of sports. As in, the NFL has found itself compelled to issue a statement saying it doesn't plan to help the White House promote the plan. How did it come to this? As Talking Points... More »

Microsoft Reveals New XBox, Focuses on TV, Not Games

Including a new Halo series from Steven Spielberg

(Newser) - Microsoft unveiled its long-awaited next-generation XBox today, touting more than anything its bevy of advanced entertainment features, calling it an "all-in-one system for games, movies, and entertainment," and announcing an exclusive, live-action Halo TV show produced by Steven Spielberg. Here's what you need to know, drawn from... More »

NFL: We Had a Backup Generator the Whole Time

Roger Goodell had 'sole authority' over contingencies

(Newser) - While you were watching the dark Superdome field last night, you might have found yourself wondering why it didn't have a backup generator. The answer: It did. There was a backup system, the NFL insisted today, and they were just about to turn it on when the main power... More »

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