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Watch: NBC’s Costas Talks Gun Control on ‘Sunday Night Football’

It’s not often a televised professional football game gets purposely political. But Sunday night’s matchup did just that after an apparent murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 READ MORE


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Replace This Greed

For friends of labor, the revolt against the National Football League’s replacement refs is the most remarkable event since the organization of Henry Ford’s car company into the United Auto Workers union.

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NFL Replacement Ref Outrage Grows After Botched Call Leads to Seahawks Win

Finally, President Obama and union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have found an issue that they agree on: getting the regular union officials back into NFL games.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE


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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.”

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE


Tebow’s Prayers

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NFL Charges Broadcasters $20 for Every American

After negotiating various new agreements, Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN and DirecTV will altogether pay close to $6 billion a year to broadcast NFL games to a football-addicted America.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE


Sex Scandal Sacks Joe Paterno

Since 1950, Joe Paterno has been a fixture at Penn State’s football program and a legend in college football. He sent more than 250 players to the NFL and ran as clean an athletic program as may be reasonably accomplished, but now he has to end his career on a low note.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 READ MORE


Hank’s Fumble

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AP / Mary Altaffer

We Can Live Without Leagues

If bad times bring out the best in ordinary people, sports labor brings out the worst in the privileged lives of owners and players.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David J. Phillip

A Country the NFL Can Be Proud Of

Let’s put it this way: If the NFL was in danger of flying too close to the sun, like Icarus whose wax wings melted, Commissioner Roger Goodell would have the orb repositioned beforehand.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


NFL Negotiations

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The Super Bowl of Socialism

The Super Bowl was a bewildering assault on the senses, to say the least—and nothing was more singularly mind-blowing than the NFL using a Ronald Reagan eulogy to kick off a sports-themed tribute to socialism.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE



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A Fan’s Confession

There’s probably no better time to confess it: I’ve built a good part of my life around the Green Bay Packers. I like to think it doesn’t get out of control.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mike Roemer

Who, Us Bloodthirsty?

In an age challenged by separating real life from reality programming or the absurdly heightened reality that comes from merely being on TV, no one seems to want to err on the side of compassion.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Sex, Lies and Twitter

If 24 percent of respondents ages 14-17 tell an Associated Press-MTV poll they’ve done naked sexting, you can imagine the implications for professional athletes.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE



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ESPN Is the Diva, Favre Is Just an Old Pro With a Bum Ankle

In the 10 months from September to July, at least two of the four major leagues are playing. In July and August, we’re on our own and the Big Paparazzo does what it does when it has nothing ... guess at something, blow it up, project from it and comment on it.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Gambling for California’s Future

In case you hadn’t heard, the Golden State ain’t so golden these days, and Gov. Schwarzenegger is having a tough time finding a way to yank California out of a yawning financial hole. This is where gambling comes in.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Rules Against NFL

In a ruling that has implications for other professional sports leagues, the Supreme Court decided Monday that NFL teams are individual businesses that are subject to antitrust laws when they act collectively (via the league) to limit competition. (continued)

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Ex-Giant Lawrence Taylor Faces Rape Charge

Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested Thursday morning and later in the day was facing charges of third-degree rape after a 15-year-old girl who allegedly met with Taylor in a Montebello, N.Y., hotel was treated for injuries at a hospital.

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Dolphins GM Apologizes for Prostitute Question

Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland has apologized to NFL draftee Dez Bryant for asking the footballer if his mother was a prostitute. Bryant said he was “really mad,” but didn’t say anything at the time to his prospective employer. (continued)

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



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All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Tony Gutierrez

All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Coulter Laments Limbaugh’s Loss, Makes Wildly Unsubstantiated Claims on Issue of Domestic Abuse

Ann Coulter’s guest appearance Thursday night on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show took a startling turn when she veered from lamenting how Rush Limbaugh’s NFL dream supposedly got sacked by the far left to holding forth on the subject of domestic abuse, declaring: “Husbands rarely beat up their wives ... single women get beaten up more.”

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A Down-and-Out Route for Rush

Rush Limbaugh, are you ready for some football? Um, I guess not.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Limbaugh’s Politics May Mean Trouble for NFL Bid

Rush Limbaugh may be the grand poobah of conservative radio, but that doesn’t mean his influence in one arena carries over to another without a hitch, at least not when it comes to his bid to become part-owner of the St. Louis Rams. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated Tuesday that Limbaugh’s politics might just get in the way of that grand plan.

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Plaxico Burress Heads to the Slammer

Not two years ago, NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress was on top of his game, helping the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLII in a surprise victory over the New England Patriots. On Thursday, he was on his way to jail for two years after pleading guilty in a felony weapons case.

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


When Did the Victim Become the Murderer?

Why do you suppose so many people were so quick to blame Sean Taylor for his own murder? Relax, that’s a rhetorical question.

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Pat Tillman Murdered?

Defense Department documents handed over to the Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request raised the possibility that the “friendly-fire” death of soldier Pat Tillman, a former NFL player, was the result of an intentional act that amounted to a crime

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Playing the Atheism Card Against Pat Tillman’s Family

The family of slain NFL-player-turned-Army-Ranger Pat Tillman may have been irreligious, but does that mean they’re not entitled to the truth about the fratricide that killed their son? New Truthdig contributor Stan Goff, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who has written extensively on the topic, probes for the truth.

Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


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Abu Ghraib Victim Exploiting His Own Torture?

NFL star Tiki Barber, a “Fox & Friends” guest host, asserted that an Abu Ghraib torture victim is “taking advantage” of his past by heading a prisoners’ rights group.

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


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The ‘Slave Side’ of NFL Sundays

In his new book, “The Slave Side of Sunday,” former NFL player Anthony Prior writes about the legacy of racism in professional sports. “We are not looked at as leaders, rather, just a labor force where the money is generated. Plantation capitalism is still alive today,” he tells Truthdig contributor James Harris. (Audio and text interview with the author.)

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James Prior

The ‘Slave Side’ of NFL Sundays

In his new book, “The Slave Side of Sunday,” former NFL player Anthony Prior writes about the legacy of racism in professional sports. “We are not looked at as leaders, rather, just a labor force where the money is generated. Plantation capitalism is still alive today,” he tells Truthdig contributor James Harris. (Audio and text interview with the author.)

Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE


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‘They tried to attach themselves to his virtue; then they wiped their feet with him.’—Mary Tillman

With the Pentagon’s inspector general suggesting criminal negligence in the killing of former NFL star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, it is time to demand congressional hearings into the way the Bush administration cynically spun the story to serve its political purposes at the expense of the truth.

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


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The Mysterious Death of Pat Tillman

By Blair Golson

The Army is set to open a criminal investigation into the death of the former NFL star and Army Ranger. Sort the facts for yourself with Truthdig’s related articles, photos and movies.

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


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