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November 2012: '“The same pattern of blacks being punished more than whites seems to hold true both in the N.F.L. and in this experiment,” Livingston said. “I would conclude that the results are generalizable to N.F.L. referees.”'

March 2012: "The National Football League reported Friday that the Saints paid defensive players a bounty for injuring opponents, as well as making interceptions and fumble recoveries, during the 2009-2011 seasons. The program involved as many as 27 players and at least one assistant coach, the league concluded."

December 2010: '“Typical stuff you see around the NFL,” one Patriot said. “How do you get to go to the playoffs at 8-8 or whatever when other teams win 10 or 11 games and don’t get in?”'

April 2010: 'On Wednesday, the NFL suspended him for six games and ordered him to “comprehensive behavioral counseling.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which has a done an admirable job of bringing the tawdry details to a troubled Steeler Nation, has editorialized about the “sting of betrayal” that fans feel, so much so that he may even be traded imminently. Even a local sponsor, the maker of Big Ben’s Beef Jerky, has dropped him, citing his recent behavior.'

April 2010: "Given the dozens and perhaps hundreds of players who could file similar claims, experts in the California system said N.F.L. teams and their insurers could be facing liability of $100 million or more. They identified a wide spectrum of possible effects: these costs could merely represent a financial nuisance for a league that recorded $8.5 billion in revenue last year, or, if insurance costs rise drastically because of such claims, the N.F.L. could be forced to alter its rules to reduce head trauma. Officials already are considering decreased contact in practice and forbidding linemen from using the three-point stance."

July 2009: "The plans are being resisted by the nation's four major pro sports leagues — the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and Major League Baseball — as well as the NCAA. Despite marketing arrangements schools and pro teams have with gambling, sports officials are asking a federal court to stop the Delaware effort, saying widespread legalized betting would threaten the integrity of their sports by creating incentives for cheating and game-fixing."

December 2008: "Congress remains deeply divided over Internet gambling...The National Football League also has spent millions lobbying to block Internet gambling."

September 2008: "NEW YORK (AP) -- Ed Hochuli's acknowledgement that he erred on a call late in Sunday's San Diego-Denver game will mean lower grades for one of the NFL's highest profile referees."

May 2008: "A former New England Patriots employee has sent the N.F.L. eight videotapes showing the team recorded play-calling signals by coaches of five opponents in six games between the 2000 and 2002 seasons, in violation of league rules."

February 2008: "After a crackdown by the National Football League on big-screen Super Bowl gatherings by churches....airing games at churches on large-screen TV sets violates the NFL copyright."

October 2007: Drug testers for the National Football League, which started its program in 1987, are given yearlong access to practice facilities and separate rooms for testing, and thus do not have to alert teams in advance of their arrival, said Dennis Curran, the N.F.L.’s senior vice president for labor relations.

October 2007: Greg Aiello, an N.F.L. spokesman, defended the league’s substance-abuse rules.

December 2006: Sports leagues have started to fight back. The N.F.L. recently asked YouTube to take down thousands of videos containing footage of its games, including many that were critical of the officiating. But such aggressive tactics may just force fans to become more creative. In “Referees,” a YouTube parody in the style of a “Frontline” investigation, an actor plays an N.B.A. official who favors big-market teams and wouldn’t dream of calling a foul on Shaquille O’Neal...”

June 2007: CHICAGO, June 11 — The feud over pension and disability benefits escalated Monday between a group of disgruntled National Football League veterans and the league’s players union.

February 2007: A law professor puts up a short clip for educational purposes (fair use allows both short clips and educational uses of content) for the sake of showing how the NFL exaggerates its copyright control -- and the NFL responds by then sending a DMCA takedown notice to better highlight how they not only exaggerate their claims, but then misuse the law to shut down fair use as well.

May 2002: The professional sports league of American football (not soccer).


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Member (past or present) Arizona Cardinals Organization Dec 27, 2008
Member (past or present) Atlanta Falcons Organization Nov 7, 2007
Member (past or present) Baltimore Ravens Organization Dec 27, 2008
Member (past or present) Cincinnati Bengals Organization Apr 8, 2010
Member (past or present) Cleveland Browns Organization Jul 31, 2006
Member (past or present) Denver Broncos Organization Sep 17, 2008
Member of (past or present) Detroit Lions Organization Jun 9, 2005
Member (past or present) Green Bay Packers Organization Nov 16, 2012
Member (past or present) Indianapolis Colts Organization Dec 25, 2010
Member (past or present) Kansas City Chiefs Organization May 24, 2010
Member (past or present) Miami Dolphins Organization Jun 9, 2005
Opponent (past or present) National Labor Committee, The (NLC) Organization Feb 29, 2008
Member (past or present) New Orleans Saints Organization Jul 6, 2011
Member (past or present) Oakland Raiders Organization Dec 27, 2008
Member (past or present) Pittsburgh Steelers Organization Apr 9, 2007
Research/Analysis Subject Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) Organization Dec 25, 2010
Member (past or present) San Diego Chargers Organization May 12, 2008
Member (past or present) San Francisco Forty Niners, Ltd. (49ers) Organization Jun 2, 2005
Member (past or present) Seattle Seahawks Organization Nov 16, 2012
Member of (past or present) Sports Technology Alliance Organization Oct 27, 2008
Member (past or present) St. Louis Rams Organization May 12, 2008
Member (past or present) Washington Redskins Organization Jul 23, 2011
Possible/Unclear David Black Person Nov 14, 2007
Advised by (past or present) Prof. Ben Edelman J.D., Ph.D Person Mar 30, 2008
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Commissioner Roger Goodell Person Oct 12, 2007
Organization Executive (past or present) Rich McKay Person Dec 25, 2010
Organization Executive (past or present) Dan Rooney Person Jun 9, 2005
Opponent (past or present) Prof. Wendy Seltzer Esq. Person Feb 18, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Commissioner Paul Tagliabue Person Mar 5, 2004

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Nov 06, 2012 Study Looks at Bias in Celebration Penalty Calls

QUOTE: a study published in July in The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology by two researchers in psychology at Northwestern University tested the question of bias in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties called after touchdowns....“The same pattern of blacks being punished more than whites seems to hold true both in the N.F.L. and in this experiment,” Livingston said. “I would conclude that the results are generalizable to N.F.L. referees.”

New York Times
Mar 06, 2012 Saints admit to 'bounty' program

QUOTE: The New Orleans Saints admitted Tuesday to paying bonuses for hits that would knock opposing players out of a game....former NBA star Charles Barkley said he had taken part in a bounty program during his basketball playing days in the 1980s.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 24, 2010 Fairness being raised over divisional alignment

QUOTE: Since the NFL switched to its current eight-division format in 2002, which made the possibility of an 8-8 division winner more likely, three times have teams won their division with only a 9-7 mark. One of those teams, last season’s Buccaneers, went to the playoffs while the Browns sat home with a 10-6 record. This season, there’s a chance that seven teams could finish with better records than two division winners, but not make the postseason.

Yahoo News
Apr 21, 2010 Nike’s Women Problem (Opinionator)

QUOTE: Is there anything creepier than a big, beer-breathed celebrity athlete exposing himself in a night club and hitting on underage girls, all the while protected by an entourage of off-duty cops? Well, yes. It’s the big, corporate sponsor — Nike, in this case — that continues trying to sell product with the creep as their role model.

New York Times
Apr 05, 2010 Case Will Test N.F.L. Teams’ Liability in Dementia

QUOTE: California’s workers’ compensation system provides a unique, and relatively unknown, haven for retired professional athletes among the 50 states, allowing hundreds of long-retired veterans each year to file claims for injuries sustained decades before. Players need not have played for California teams or be residents of the state; they had to participate in just one game in the state to be eligible to receive lifetime medical care for their injuries from the teams and their insurance carriers.

New York Times
Jul 28, 2009 State officials seek sports betting to boost revenue

QUOTE: Now officials in Delaware and New Jersey, facing their own budget problems, say it's time for a bolder move: full-scale, legalized sports betting... The plans are being resisted by the nation's four major pro sports leagues — the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and Major League Baseball — as well as the NCAA.

May 18, 2009 What You Don't Know Might Kill You: SUPPLEMENTS Would-be experts and untested products feed a $20 billion obsession with better performance across all levels of sports

QUOTE: Despite the move into the mainstream the [sports-supplement] industry remains fertile ground for kitchen chemists with little or no formal education in science or nutrition—and in some notorious cases former steroid users and dealers...

Sports Illustrated (SI)
Dec 26, 2008 Ins and Outs (He Was In, No?) of Contested Calls

QUOTE: As the N.F.L. enters the final weekend of the season, Turner is not the only one who may not be ready to forgive and forget. Three controversial calls by officials from this season loom large in the chase for the league’s 12 playoff berths.

New York Times
Dec 01, 2008 Prohibition vs. Regulation Debated As U.S. Bettors Use Foreign Sites

QUOTE: Even as bettors around the world gamble millions of dollars online, confusion reigns about the legal status of those bets and the companies that handle them. According to the Justice Department, Neteller was "a colossal criminal enterprise masquerading as a legitimate business," violating a 47-year-old law aimed at organized-crime bookies. Prosecutors contend the law applies to any and all betting on the Internet, as well as the electronic money transfers enabling those bets.

Washington Post
Oct 24, 2008 Debate to delay 'white space' vote heats up

QUOTE: Google and Microsoft, support the use of "white spaces," because they believe the spectrum can be used to help deliver new wireless broadband services. After more than four years, and over 30,000 filings by the public, broadcasters now accuse the commission of a rush to judgment on the white spaces.

Sep 15, 2008 NFL will look into changing rule

QUOTE: "Nothing can be done. I understand that after that whistle blows, you can't speculate, `Well, did everybody get the best shot at recovering the ball if some of them heard the whistle and some of them didn't?'"

Sports Illustrated (SI)
Jul 21, 2008 Court Throws Out Super Bowl Fine

QUOTE: In a decision that clears CBS of any wrongdoing for airing the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that featured Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction,” a federal appeals court overturned the $550,000 fine that the Federal Communications Commission levied against the station, calling the fine arbitrary and capricious.

New York Times
May 24, 2008 Web Site Puts Focus on the Fix in Sports Bets

QUOTE: Last Monday, a report commissioned by the major tennis governing bodies recommended that 45 matches played in the last five years be investigated because betting patterns gave a “strong indication” that gamblers were profiting from inside information. And those matches, the report said, may be only the tip of the iceberg.

New York Times
May 08, 2008 Ex-Patriots Assistant Sends the N.F.L. Eight Tapes

QUOTE: agreement reached last month between lawyers for the N.F.L. and Walsh. The agreement indemnifies Walsh from all future legal fees. Walsh’s tapes show that the Patriots recorded the signals of offensive and defensive coaches in regular-season games...

New York Times
Feb 01, 2008 NFL Pulls Plug On Big-Screen Church Parties For Super Bowl

QUOTE: ...a number of churches in the Washington area and elsewhere [have] been forced to use a new playbook to satisfy the NFL, which said that airing games at churches on large-screen TV sets violates the NFL copyright.

Washington Post
Oct 31, 2007 Baseball’s Drug Testing Lacks Element of Surprise

QUOTE: Drug testers contracted by the league routinely alert team officials a day or more before their arrival at ballparks for what is supposed to be random, unannounced testing of players. By eliminating the surprise factor, the practice undermines the integrity of the testing program, antidoping experts said.

New York Times
Oct 11, 2007 Suspended Player Fights N.F.L. Ban

QUOTE: He has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, asserting that the N.F.L. declined to reinstate him because officials believe he is an alcoholic. That, his complaint says, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, which categorizes people as disabled if they have a record of alcoholism and have received treatment.

New York Times
Jun 30, 2007 Under NFL Rule, Media Web Sites Are Given Just 45 Seconds to Score

QUOTE: [It’s] a move designed to protect the Internet operations of [the NFL’s] 32 teams...[but] the policy, announced last month with little fanfare, has frustrated journalists, who say it constricts the public's access to information...

Washington Post
Jun 12, 2007 A Battle Over Who’s Helping Disabled Players Rages Anew

QUOTE: The feud over pension and disability benefits escalated Monday between a group of disgruntled National Football League veterans and the league’s players union…Brian DeMarco, a former offensive lineman with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cincinnati Bengals… criticized the National Football League Players Association…for failing to do enough for disabled players.

New York Times
May 15, 2007 Major Sports Team Up to Battle Drugs: Professional, Amateur Governing Bodies to Tap Federal Resources

QUOTE: The unprecedented collaboration is indicative of an emerging consensus among sports bodies that the use of performance-enhancing substances is a mounting health and legal concern that potentially threatens the multibillion-dollar professional sports industry in the United States.

Washington Post

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