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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 »

Almost Half of Parents Worry About Kids Playing Football

But only 5% discourage their kids from playing

(Newser) - Almost half of parents have concerns about their kids playing football, but according to a new AP-GfK poll, they're not exactly yanking their offspring off the field in the kind of droves that will "kill pro football." Some 44% of parents were "not comfortable" letting their... More »

ESPN Delves Into Michael Sam's Showering Routine

Sports network takes heat from teammates, social media for report

(Newser) - Everyone who thought that Tony Dungy's statements about Michael Sam would be the last we'd have to hear about the NFL linebacker's private life can thank ESPN for reopening that door. Josina Anderson reported yesterday on how the NFL's first openly gay player was getting along... More »

NFL to Would-Be Halftime Acts: Pay Up

League looking for money, with Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna the finalists

(Newser) - Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna: One of them will headline next year's Super Bowl halftime show, and it might just come down to whoever is willing to shell out for the privilege. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal reports that the NFL, in... More »

We Shouldn't Have to Choose Between NFL and Fighting Abuse

Yet league is letting domestic violence slide: Chelsea Cristene

(Newser) - No one should have to choose between opposing domestic violence and enjoying the NFL—but the league's conduct is forcing us to confront such decisions, writes Chelsea Cristene at the Good Men Project , via Salon . In the latest disturbing incident, the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice has been caught on... More »

Broncos Owner Has Alzheimer's, Cedes Control

Team's president takes over as Pat Bowlen focuses on his health

(Newser) - After Pat Bowlen told the Denver Post in 2009 that he was experiencing bouts of short-term memory loss, rumors started flying that the owner of the Denver Broncos had Alzheimer’s. That speculation was confirmed today in the Post, which cited a statement from the team acknowledging the 70-year-old Bowlen’... More »

Mom of 2, Age 40, Makes NFL Cheerleader

Kriste Lewis was inspired to try out by her kidney disease

(Newser) - Finally, a nice story about cheerleading in the NFL : Kriste Lewis is a 40-year-old mother of two who has a debilitating kidney disease that will ultimately require dialysis and a kidney transplant ... and she's also one of the newest cheerleaders for the New Orleans Saints. Her diagnosis inspired Lewis... More »

CBS Sports: Use of 'Redskins' Up to Announcers

Well, probably

(Newser) - CBS Sports announcers will likely be able to use the term "Redskins"—or, if they'd rather, not—during the upcoming NFL season, chairman Sean McManus says. "Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say," McManus tells the Hollywood Reporter... More »

Lawyers: Judge OKs NFL Concussion Settlement

Critics say league is still getting off lightly

(Newser) - A federal judge today granted preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims. The ruling by US District Judge Anita Brody came about two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages. Brody had previously questioned... More »

Why Keeping 'Redskins' Is Awful Business Strategy

2 marketing professors look beyond the morality to make their case

(Newser) - Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is still adamant about keeping the team name, despite the loss of its trademark status and a growing chorus of critics who say it's offensive to Native Americans. But two marketing professors at Emory University say Snyder is making a boneheaded business decision. Forget... More »

Hall of Fame Steelers Coach Chuck Noll Dies at 82

Won record 4 Super Bowls

(Newser) - Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died last night at his home. He was 82. Noll was among family outside Pittsburgh when he died of natural causes, the county medical examiner said, per CNN . Noll transformed the... More »

Dan Marino: I Was Confused, Didn't Mean to Sue NFL

Upon further review, Hall of Famer backs out of concussions lawsuit

(Newser) - The growing ranks of NFL veterans taking the league to court over concussions included a Hall of Fame quarterback, but only briefly. Dan Marino has withdrawn his name from a new lawsuit, reports the Sun-Sentinel . In a statement, the ex-Dolphins star blames it on legal confusion. "Within the last... More »

Ex-Players Sue: NFL Fed Us Illegal Painkillers

They allege greedy league doped them up, didn't tell them of broken bones

(Newser) - A group of retired NFL players, including three from the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, filed a lawsuit today alleging that the profit-thirsty league illegally fed them risky narcotics and other painkillers that numbed their injuries with no regard for health complications down the road. Players say they were... More »

Star QB's Secret Draft Strategy: Text the Coach

And it worked for Johnny Manziel, now with Cleveland

(Newser) - Johnny Manziel, who in 2012 became the first freshman to earn the Heisman Trophy , didn't want to wait around during the NFL draft. So he texted the Cleveland Browns' quarterbacks coach, Dowell Loggains, asking him to "hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I... More »

Rams Draft Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player

College star came out in February

(Newser) - The St. Louis Rams and Michael Sam made a little NFL history this evening, and in the nick of time. The Rams selected the star defensive end with the 249th overall pick in the NFL draft—out of 256 players—making him the first openly gay player ever drafted to... More »

NFL Cheerleaders Have It Bad—Seriously

Catherine Rampell explains why

(Newser) - NFL cheerleaders have been raising quite a ruckus lately about their awful working conditions —and though maybe some of you might find "it's hard to have too much sympathy" for these "pretty, perfectly proportioned, and popular" women, we really should, writes Catherine Rampell in the Washington ... More »

3 Text Messages to Fan Cost Buffalo Bills $3M

He brought class-action suit after too many alerts

(Newser) - In a case most commentators are calling frivolous, finicky, or just plain silly, the Buffalo Bills have coughed up $3 million to settle a lawsuit from a fan who complained that the team sent him too many text messages. The fan brought the class-action suit after he signed up for... More »

NFL Player Proves He's Buddies With Teen

Texans' JJ Watt makes video for his pal

(Newser) - Houston Texans' star JJ Watt has a viral video on his hands for all the right reasons, reports NBC News . It seems Watt has stayed in touch with local teen Trey Brandt, after Trey waited after a game for an autograph more than two years ago. But Trey's friends... More »

Stop Expecting NFL Stars to Abandon Old Friends

Richard Sherman: Don't judge DeSean Jackson by company he keeps

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Eagles cut DeSean Jackson in the midst of reports that he has ties to gang members. Is he in a gang himself? Fellow NFL player Richard Sherman, who grew up with Jackson near Los Angeles, doesn't know one way or another, but he's got a little... More »

Dolphins' Richie Incognito Enters Psych Clinic

He admits he smashed his own car with baseball bat, calls it 'art'

(Newser) - Richie Incognito has reportedly been admitted to an Arizona psychiatric clinic, in the wake of an incident in which he smashed his own car with a baseball bat. Sources differ on the circumstances; TMZ 's sources say Incognito didn't go to the facility willingly, and that police filled... More »

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