At Least 4 Players on Alabama’s ’60s Football Teams Had CTE

At least four fixtures of Alabama’s great teams of the 1960s had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., at their deaths. Researchers expect it in other players, too.

#alabama, #chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy, #football, #football-college, #university-of-alabama

N.F.L. Appeals Deshaun Watson’s Six-Game Suspension

The league notified the players’ union that it would appeal an arbiter’s decision. Commissioner Roger Goodell or his appointee will hear the appeal.

#cleveland-browns, #collective-bargaining, #football, #goodell-roger, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn, #watson-deshaun-1995

Dolphins Lose Draft Picks, and Owner Is Suspended for Tampering

An investigator also found no evidence that the Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross seriously pressed his coach to deliberately lose games.

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Deshaun Watson’s Suspension Will Test the N.F.L.’s Support for Women

The N.F.L. must decide whether to uphold Watson’s six-game suspension or impose a more severe penalty. Its choice will speak volumes, writes our columnist.

#cleveland-browns, #decisions-and-verdicts, #football, #goodell-roger, #national-football-league, #sexual-harassment, #watson-deshaun-1995, #women-and-girls

Why Brittney Griner and Other Athletes Choose Cannabis for Pain

Griner, the W.N.B.A. star detained in Russia on drug charges, is one of many athletes who have said cannabis helps with sports injuries. But it is banned by sports leagues and illegal in many places.

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The NFL’s Most Notable Suspensions

Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension, imposed by a retired federal judge, was the first player conduct penalty reached by the N.F.L.’s new hearing process.

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Deshaun Watson Suspended Six Games by the N.F.L.

The former Houston Texans quarterback who recently signed a $230 million guaranteed contract with the Cleveland Browns will not be fined, a source said.

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Daniel Snyder Answers Congress’s Questions About Harassment Claims

The owner of the N.F.L.’s Washington Commanders was accused of sexual harassment by former employees during a congressional round table in February.

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The Case Against Deshaun Watson

How one of the N.F.L.’s biggest stars has become perhaps its biggest scandal.

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NFL+ is here, but it’s probably not what you’re looking for

The NFL is hugely popular in the US, but the streaming and broadcast rights are uniquely complicated.

Enlarge / The NFL is hugely popular in the US, but the streaming and broadcast rights are uniquely complicated. (credit: velo_city)

After months of rumors and teases, the National Football League has launched a new streaming video service. Unfortunately, the new service has limitations, as it’s caught up in a tangled mess of arrangements with different services.

NFL+ replaces NFL Game Pass, which offered more utility but was $99.99 annually. NFL+ costs $4.99 monthly or $39.99 per year. TechCrunch reports that NFL Game Pass subscribers will be automatically moved to NFL+.

The new service “offers access to live out-of-market preseason games, live local and primetime regular season and postseason games (phone and tablet only), live local and national audio for every game, NFL Network shows on-demand, NFL Films archives and more,” according to the NFL’s press release.

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Why Big Tech Is Making a Big Play for Live Sports

Competing for rights to broadcast games from the N.F.L. and other leagues could be hard for broadcast and cable companies that “aren’t playing by the same financial rules.”

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Demaryius Thomas Diagnosed With C.T.E., Family Reckons With His Death

Demaryius Thomas had C.T.E. when he died in December at 33, but the posthumous diagnosis alone does not explain what role football had in the charismatic N.F.L. star’s quick decline.

#boston-university, #chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy, #content-type-personal-profile, #denver-broncos, #football, #mckee-ann, #national-football-league, #seizures-medical, #thomas-demaryius

Houston Texans Lawsuit Expands Inquiry Into Deshaun Watson

One of the 24 women who sued Watson for sexual misconduct claimed in a lawsuit filed Monday that the N.F.L. team enabled their star quarterback’s alleged behavior.

#cleveland-browns, #football, #houston-texans, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #watson-deshaun-1995

Title IX 50th Anniversary: We Need a New Deal for Women’s Sports

We must dismantle the grandfathered-in systemic advantages that male athletes and male-dominated sports infrastructures continue to enjoy.

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Roger Goodell Defends Commanders Investigation, but Not Snyder

The N.F.L.’s commissioner defended the league’s investigation into harassment claims against the Washington Commanders, but offered no support of the team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, who did not appear.

#football, #goodell-roger, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #maloney-carolyn-b, #national-football-league, #nondisclosure-agreements, #sexual-harassment, #snyder-daniel-m, #washington-commanders

Tony Siragusa, a Defensive Lineman Known as Goose, Dies at 55

Siragusa won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in the 2000 season and worked as a broadcaster after his playing career.

#baltimore-ravens, #deaths-obituaries, #football, #fox-sports, #indianapolis-colts, #national-football-league, #siragusa-tony-1967-2022

Deshaun Watson Settles 20 Lawsuits Accusing Him of Sexual Misconduct

The lawyer for the 24 women announced the agreements but did not disclose details. The plaintiffs had accused Watson of coercive behavior and sexual misconduct during massages.

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NFL Players Participate in a Study That Might Predict CTE Decline

In a study, Dr. Jennifer Coughlin observed brain activity that may help predict the onset of trauma-related illnesses and cognitive decline. N.F.L. players are helping to further her research.

#brain, #chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy, #concussions, #football, #johns-hopkins-university, #martin-jonathan-1989, #research

Bad news for cable: A major sports league will stream exclusively on Apple TV

Major League Soccer is coming to Apple TV.

Enlarge / Major League Soccer is coming to Apple TV.

Today, Apple and Major League Soccer (MLS) announced that the Apple TV app will offer streaming video of every MLS match for the next 10 years.

Apple claims that viewers “around the world” can “watch all MLS, Leagues Cup, and select MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT matches in one place—without any local broadcast blackouts or the need for a traditional pay TV bundle.”

This will all be part of a “new MLS streaming service” that will become available in early 2023, with matches offered up through 2032. It will offer both live and on-demand video.

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#apple, #apple-tv, #cable-tv, #cord-cutting, #football, #major-league-soccer, #mls, #soccer, #sports, #streaming, #tech

What Will the Browns Do About Deshaun Watson?

New revelations about Watson, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with women he hired for massages, have drawn only silence from the Browns but have left some of the team’s fans in anguish.

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San Francisco Schools Are Retiring ‘Chief.’ That’s Not as Frivolous as It Seems.

But are the sentiments of the few more important than those of the many?

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Deshaun Watson’s Massages Were Enabled by the Texans and a Spa Owner

Watson met at least 66 women for massages over a 17-month period, far more than previously known. He had help from the Houston Texans, including nondisclosure agreements, in making appointments.

#buzbee-tony-g, #cleveland-browns, #football, #hardin-rusty, #houston-texans, #massage, #national-football-league, #spas, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #watson-deshaun-1995, #women-and-girls

Las Vegas Raiders Franchise Riddled With Dysfunction and Executive Departures

Former employees described an N.F.L. franchise bedeviled by executive departures, poor financial management, unpaid electric bills and a raft of firings, payouts and N.D.A.s.

#coaches-and-managers, #davis-al, #davis-mark-1955, #football, #gruden-jon, #las-vegas-nev, #las-vegas-raiders, #national-football-league, #oakland-calif, #oakland-raiders, #washington-commanders, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

EA Sports officially ends FIFA partnership after 30 years of games

Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but maybe that's just because it's new...

Enlarge / Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but maybe that’s just because it’s new…

EA Sports announced today that the soccer title it publishes in 2023 would be part of the new EA Sports FC brand, doing away with the FIFA name the series has used since the days of the Sega Genesis and Super NES. The announcement marks a significant break for one of the oldest and most popular continuous franchises in video game history.

“We’re thankful for our many years of great partnership with FIFA,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said in a statement. “The future of global football is very bright, and fandom around the world has never been stronger. We have an incredible opportunity to put EA Sports FC at the heart of the sport, and to bring even more innovative and authentic experiences to the growing football audience.”

EA’s coming FIFA-less soccer game will still have “more than 300 individual licensed partners, giving players access to more 19,000 athletes across 700 teams, in 100 stadiums and over 30 leagues around the world.” Those partners include major international leagues like the Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, UEFA, CONMEBOL, and more.

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#ea-sports, #fifa, #football, #gaming-culture, #soccer

Tom Brady, Once Retired, Will Step Into Fox Broadcast Booth

Brady has a deal to eventually become the lead analyst during Fox broadcasts of N.F.L. games.

#brady-tom, #football, #fox-sports, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

For One Man, the N.F.L. Draft’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ Meant a Lot

Paul Salata made a point of celebrating the last player selected in the draft. His family carried on the tradition by honoring the 262nd pick on Saturday.

#content-type-personal-profile, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #football, #national-football-league, #salata-paul-1926, #san-francisco-49ers

How the Jets and Giants Won the First Round of the NFL Draft

The Jets scooped Ahmad Gardner, Garrett Wilson and Jermaine Johnson II, three of their eight top targets in the N.F.L. draft, while the Giants bolstered both lines with Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal.

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What We Learned From Round 1 of the N.F.L. Draft

It was a big night for linemen, receivers, and the state of Georgia, but a very quiet one for quarterbacks. In surprising moves, A.J. Brown was traded to the Eagles and the Jets and Giants drafted prudently.

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NFL Draft Order and Picks: First Round Results and Tracker

The Jacksonville Jaguars took Travon Walker, a defensive end from Georgia, at No. 1 overall. Here’s a full list of the results as they happen.

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The Power of Humility

Tonight, America begins an annual festival celebrating hubris.

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When Draft Pundits Are Right, and N.F.L. Teams Wrong

An analysis shows that teams usually misfire when they ignore analysts and make a surprise pick early in the first round.

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Who’s No. 1 in the N.F.L. Draft? Depends on Who You Ask.

Mystery at the top of the N.F.L. draft makes predicting the rest of the first round anyone’s guess.

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How the N.F.L Learned to Like Las Vegas, Host of the Draft

After a long-held stiff arm to Las Vegas, the N.F.L. has in short order selected the city to host a Pro Bowl, a Super Bowl and a draft.

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What to Know About the 2022 NFL Draft

Could the Jets trade down? Are any quarterbacks worth taking? Here’s what could happen in Las Vegas as the draft begins on Thursday.

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Coach’s Prayers Prompt Supreme Court Test of Religious Freedom

Joseph Kennedy, a football coach at a public high school in Washington State, lost his job after praying on the 50-yard line after games.

#americans-united-for-separation-of-church-and-state, #bremerton-wash, #coaches-and-managers, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #football, #freedom-of-religion, #interscholastic-athletics, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #religion-state-relations, #school-boards, #supreme-court-us

Daryle Lamonica, Hard-Throwing Quarterback, Is Dead at 80

Known as the Mad Bomber for his powerful arm, he led the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl and was among pro football’s top passers in the late 1960s and early ’70s.

#american-football-league, #buffalo-bills, #deaths-obituaries, #football, #lamonica-daryle-1941-2022, #national-football-league, #oakland-raiders, #super-bowl

The USFL Has Returned. What to Know as Games Kick Off.

Here’s what to know about the pro football league with the familiar name that begins its season on Saturday.

#football, #united-states-football-league

NFL Players Try a Different Training Camp: the Broadcast Booth

N.F.L. broadcasters netted massive contracts this off-season. A league-organized boot camp prepares the players who want to follow their path.

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N.F.L. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins, 24, Dies After Being Hit by Truck

A Heisman Trophy finalist at Ohio State and backup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Haskins died on Saturday after being struck on a Florida highway.

#football, #football-college, #haskins-dwayne-1997, #national-football-league, #ohio-state-university, #pittsburgh-steelers, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Football Asks Me to Make Moral Compromises. I love It Anyway.

I’m not proud of myself, but nothing can keep me from this game.

#football, #internal-sub-only-nl, #national-football-league, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Two Black Coaches Join Brian Flores’s Lawsuit Against the NFL

Steve Wilks and Ray Horton added claims that the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans discriminated in their hiring practices, echoing Flores’s allegations that the league showed bias against Black coaches.

#arizona-cardinals, #black-people, #coaches-and-managers, #discrimination, #flores-brian-1981, #football, #hiring-and-promotion, #horton-ray-1960, #mularkey-mike, #national-football-league, #race-and-ethnicity, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tennessee-titans, #wilks-steve-1969

Attorneys General Threaten to Investigate N.F.L.’s Treatment of Female Employees

Six state attorneys general, led by New York’s Letitia James, have “grave concerns” about reports of a workplace culture within the N.F.L. that is “overtly hostile to women.”

#attorneys-general, #discrimination, #flores-brian-1981, #football, #goodell-roger, #james-letitia, #national-football-league, #sexual-harassment, #snyder-daniel-m, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Retiring as Coach, Bruce Arians Joins the Buccaneers’ Front Office

Arians left a previous retirement to coach Tampa Bay in 2019 and won a title after the 2020 season. Todd Bowles, the defensive coordinator and a former Jets head coach, will succeed him.

#arians-bruce, #coaches-and-managers, #football, #national-football-league, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

NFL to Change Postseason Overtime Rule After Bills’ Playoff Loss

Each team will get an overtime possession in playoff games.

#buffalo-bills, #football, #kansas-city-chiefs, #national-football-league, #playoff-games

Brian Flores’s Lawsuit Looms Over N.F.L. Owners Meetings

At its annual meeting, the league announced plans to increase diverse hiring practices, as John Mara, the Giants’ co-owner, called Flores’s claims of discrimination “false.”

#belichick-bill, #black-people, #coaches-and-managers, #discrimination, #flores-brian-1981, #football, #goodell-roger, #hiring-and-promotion, #mara-john-k, #national-football-league, #new-york-giants, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tomlin-mike

Buffalo Bills Strike Deal for Taxpayer-Funded $1.4 Billion Stadium

The agreement calls for $850 million in New York State and local funding, the largest taxpayer contribution ever for a National Football League facility.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #buffalo-ny, #buffalo-bills, #building-construction, #erie-county-ny, #football, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #stadiums-and-arenas

Introduced by the Browns, Deshaun Watson Denies Wrongdoing

Introduced by his new team, the Cleveland Browns, the former Houston Texans quarterback vowed to keep fighting the 22 civil lawsuits filed by women who accused him of sexual misconduct.

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A Texas Grand Jury Is Considering Another Charge Against Deshaun Watson

A grand jury in Houston recently declined to charge Watson with crimes related to accusations of sexual misconduct. A panel in a different county is now considering one last charge.

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For $230 Million, the Browns Get Deshaun Watson, and Questions

Cleveland guaranteed Deshaun Watson $230 million over five years. The cost to their reputation as he fights accusations of sexual misconduct will be harder to calculate.

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John Clayton, Veteran N.F.L. Reporter Who Worked at ESPN, Dies at 67

Mr. Clayton, who was known as the Professor, combined substantive reporting and a crisp delivery during his on-air appearances.

#clayton-john, #deaths-obituaries, #espn, #football, #national-football-league, #news-and-news-media, #seattle-wash