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Man Cops Say Killed Ex-NFLer Released Without Charges

Joe McKnight was shot and killed in a road rage incident Thursday

(Newser) - The 54-year-old man police say killed a former NFL player during a road rage incident Thursday in Louisiana had been arrested and charged for a road rage incident at the exact same intersection 10 years ago, USA Today reports. In 2006, a man saw a truck driving unsafely and called... More »

The NFL Is Finally Hiring Some Full-Time Officials

League VP says up to 17 will be hired this offseason

(Newser) - Get ready for some full-time NFL officials to start throwing yellow flags next year. Troy Vincent, the league's vice president of football operations, tells the AP that he expects the NFL to hire as many as 17 full-time officials this offseason. The additions are allowed under the collective bargaining... More »

Aretha Franklin Stretches the National Anthem to 4.5 Minutes

It was a 'church spiritual'

(Newser) - Americans were reminded of one more thing to be thankful for on Thursday: Aretha Franklin. In what caused a "Twitter meltdown," per CBS Sports , Franklin sang the national anthem ahead of the Detroit Lions' game against the Minnesota Vikings and stretched the song into an incredible "4-minute,... More »

He Was a Rich NFL Star. He Got Scammed in Silicon Valley

Inside the odd story of Eren Niazi, Patrick Willis, and Open Storage Solutions

(Newser) - Open Source Storage is a phoenix of sorts, reborn in 2013 from the ashes of the original Open Source Storage. It was founded by a twenty-something man named Eren Niazi in 2001 and ultimately bankrupted, but not before supposedly working with the likes of AOL, Sony, and the NSA. Niazi'... More »

No NFL Game Has Ever Been Decided Quite Like This

Broncos block Saints' extra-point attempt, return it for the win

(Newser) - It was a heartbreaker for the New Orleans Saints Sunday afternoon after they lost to Denver on the craziest of plays. The Saints were trailing 23-17 with less than 90 seconds left when Drew Brees threw for a long TD to tie the game and set up kicker Wil Lutz... More »

NFL Might Shorten Games to Woo Back Viewers

Roger Goodall also addresses poor officiating and Donald Trump

(Newser) - Are fewer ads and faster games in the NFL's future? Commissioner Roger Goodell said they very well could be while addressing the league's falling television ratings Thursday. The New York Times reports ratings are down by double digits, and while Goodell is largely placing blame on the presidential... More »

NFL Has No One Else to Blame for Sinking Ratings

Football is becoming 'less appealing and more disturbing': columnist

(Newser) - Prime-time NFL games on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday have lost more than a fifth of their viewership on average this season. Sally Jenkins, who sees professional football as the purest form of reality television, says the reason why is obvious. "Viewers don't especially like the stories they're... More »

This Might Be the Weirdest NFL Penalty of the Year

Seahawks' Earl Thomas penalized for hugging referee

(Newser) - Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks did his team a huge favor Sunday when he recovered a New Orleans Saints fumble and returned it for a touchdown. In his jubilation after the play, Sports Illustrated reports, Thomas ran over and hugged side judge Alex Kemp. (See the video here .)... More »

Former NFL Coach Marty Schottenheimer Has Alzheimer's

Five years after diagnosis, Schottenheimer is staying positive

(Newser) - Marty Schottenheimer, the only man in the last quarter-century to post an overall winning record as coach of the Cleveland Browns, has Alzheimer's, ESPN reports. The 73-year-old Schottenheimer has been privately battling the disease since being diagnosed five years ago. "He’s in the best of health, [but]... More »

Kaepernick to Start First NFL Game This Year

San Francisco 49ers QB's reaction: 'Let's go'

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick is in the news again, though not for anything related to his national anthem protests . Kaepernick will be the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills—a role he hasn't held since last November, NFL.com reports. The controversial player has... More »

NFL Player Finds Gross Surprise in His Wing Order

Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook is one step closer to vegetarianism

(Newser) - "I've never had anything that could taste me back in my food ever," Jared Cook tells ESPN . The Green Bay Packers tight end says he had just finished the first wing from a Buffalo Wild Wings takeout order Tuesday when he noticed something stomach turning. "As... More »

NFL Ratings Are Tumbling

One theory is that the election is stealing interest

(Newser) - The NFL has endured criticism about concussions , allegations about domestic violence among its players, and Tom Brady's DeflateGate , and yet the viewers kept coming back to the networks for more gameplay every Sunday (and Monday and Thursday and Saturday). Until now, per the Wall Street Journal , which reports on... More »

Cam Newton Sued for Allegedly Partying Too Hard

Lawsuit claims the Carolina Panthers QB destroyed a rental mansion

(Newser) - Apparently Cam Newton shied away from that Super Bowl fumble because he was (allegedly) saving his body for partying. TMZ reports a lawsuit filed against the Carolina Panthers quarterback by the manager of a luxury hotel rental company claims he did nearly $100,000 in damage to an $11 million... More »

NFL Could Disappear, and Sooner Than You Think

'Sports Illustrated' imagines a league-less world

(Newser) - Football fans are no doubt thrilled that the new season is under way. They'll be less thrilled to read Austin Murphy's doomsday scenario in Sports Illustrated , written from a not-too-distant future in which the NFL ceases to exist. A sample from the piece datelined with the year 2036:... More »

NFL Kicker's Tale: Brief Fame, a Head Injury, a Life Derailed

Buffalo News recounts plight of Bjorn Nittmo

(Newser) - If the name Bjorn Nittmo happens to ring a bell, it's almost certainly because David Letterman made the NFL kicker a brief celebrity a quarter-century ago. (Letterman loved his name, had him on the show, and made a catchphrase out of, "Who do you think you are, Bjorn... More »

Entire NFL Team May Take Action During National Anthem

The Seattle Seahawks may join Colin Kaepernick's protest as a team

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem appears to be snowballing. Two Seattle Seahawks players have insinuated they may do something as a team during the national anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. "Anything we want to do, it's not going to be... More »

Kaepernick Jerseys Go Flying Off Shelves During Protest

NFL quarterback's red jersey now No. 1 top seller on NFL Shop website

(Newser) - The Colin Kaepernick controversy continues to rumble, but whereas at first his jerseys burned , now they are a hot commodity. NBC Sports reports that before the 49ers quarterback decided to sit out the national anthem, sales of his jerseys via the NFL Shop were sluggish. But a recent peek at... More »

Johnny Manziel Is Going Back to College

Off-field incidents derailed NFL career

(Newser) - Former Cleveland quarterback Johnny Manziel has re-enrolled at Texas A&M after his NFL career was derailed by a series of off-field incidents that included a domestic violence charge still pending in court, the AP reports. A school spokesman confirmed Manziel's enrollment Monday, saying he couldn't provide other... More »

Cops May Stop Providing Security at 49ers Games

Police union says Kaepernick is creating a 'hostile work environment'

(Newser) - If Colin Kaepernick is going to continue boycotting the national anthem in protest of police brutality, then the police might just boycott the San Francisco 49ers in protest of Colin Kaepernick. NBC Bay Area reports the Santa Clara police union has threatened to stop providing security for 49ers games unless... More »

2nd 49er Joins Kaepernick Protest

They took a knee for the anthem in San Diego

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick once again refused to stand when the national anthem was played before a game Thursday night—and this time, he wasn't alone. 49ers safety Eric Reid also knelt as a Navy officer sang the anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Reid—... More »

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