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MLB All-Star Game Has Become a ‘Midsummer Classic’ Dud

Baseball’s showcase used to be a big deal, but like all other professional sports leagues’ All-Star Games, it continues to decline in popularity and now exists mainly as a way to schmooze sponsors and media partners.

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Tom Brady – His Own Worst Enemy

The sports media were among the most surprised by the recent news that a four-game suspension was back on for the football star. But given Brady’s and the Patriots’ history, it really shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone.

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Adieu to Peyton Manning—and His Squeaky-Clean Image

The NFL star has received millions in endorsements, largely because of his reputation as the All-American boy next door. But as he retires, he is being chased by accusations that he exposed himself to a woman in 1996 and that he used a banned substance after a 2011 surgery.

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The Might of the American Empire Was on Full Display at Super Bowl 50

From the fighter jets soaring overhead to the armed troops patrolling Levi Stadium, Super Bowl 50 was a highly militarized event, its 70,000 spectators and millions of television viewers subject to a showcase of war propaganda and a heavy security crackdown.

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Raider Fan’s Loyalty Is Tested by News of Ex-Quarterback’s Brain Disease

Kenny “The Snake” Stabler suffered woefully from a condition brought on by head trauma. He deserved better from the NFL, and all pro football players deserve better.

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No Winners in Ray Rice’s Game

What happens behind closed doors—or rather closing doors—does not always stay behind them.

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Redskins Run In to Trademark Trouble in Clash Over Name Change

Those making the case that it’s high time the Washington Redskins changed their name got a boost Wednesday from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which decided to cancel half a dozen federal trademark registrations owned by the NFL team.

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The NFL Proves Why America Needs to Update Its Civil Rights Laws

If ever there was a perfect example of how employment discrimination against gay people operates on a day-to-day basis—and why Congress needs to outlaw such discrimination—the National Football League just provided it.

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Dirty Secret of Some Pro Sports Leagues: They’re Nonprofits

There’s a ripple of movement in Congress to strip nonprofit status from pro sports businesses such as the NFL and PGA, raising fresh questions about why taxpayers should support billion-dollar entertainment industries.

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Chris Kluwe to NFL Players Worried About an Openly Gay Player: ‘Grow the F*** Up’

The Minnesota Vikings punter and staunch gay rights advocate also has plenty of advice for coaches, fans and anyone in the media who think an openly gay player in the NFL would be a “distraction.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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It Gets Better for Whom?

The “It Gets Better” project is a grand achievement, and the abundant and various non-famous voices on the website offer much needed empathy and recognition. But we might consider how unhelpfully easy the lucky, privileged, “normal” few can make hope sound.

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49ers Players Deny Being in Anti-Bullying LGBT Video They’re In

As if the anti-gay remarks by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver weren’t enough to send the team’s management into a tizzy, two of its other players are adding to the controversy by denying that they were in a video produced to combat bullying experienced by LGBT teens.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Ravens Player to Use Super Bowl to Advocate for Gay Marriage

Brendon Ayanbadejo has been an outspoken proponent of the cause, and for LGBT rights in general, since he became one of the first athletes from a major professional sport to publicly announce his support for same-sex marriage in 2009.

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Retired NFL Players at Risk of Brain Damage

Former football players are likelier to suffer “cognitive deficits and depression as they grow older,” and to develop abnormalities in the size of brain matter and blood flow, compared with a healthy control group, a new study suggested.

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The Dangers of ‘Football Brain’

More than 3,000 former players and their families have filed a class-action lawsuit against the National Football League, alleging that the organization downplayed the risks associated with head injuries and “fostered a culture of violent play.”

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NFL Faces More Lawsuits Over Concussions

More than 100 former professional football players Thursday joined the growing list of those who are suing the NFL over concussion-related injuries.

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Junior Seau Death Latest in String of NFL Suicides

Junior Seau is the latest ex-NFL player to commit suicide, leaving some to question whether these cases may be related to brain injuries the men suffered during their playing careers.

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