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Popular sports commentator Bill Simmons was suspended by ESPN for violating editorial standards -- or was it because he criticized the NFL, which happens to have a $15 billion contract with the network?Popular sports commentator Bill Simmons was suspended by ESPN for violating editorial standards—or was it because he criticized the NFL, which happens to have a $15 billion contract with the network?

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Responding to a plea from members of Congress to change the Washington Redskins' bigoted name, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote, "The name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect."

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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.

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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.

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