Tag: Football

The N.F.L.’s New Play: Embrace Betting Ads, Watch the Money Pour In

Betting has long been a part of the National Football League’s DNA. Two of its founding fathers, Art Rooney and Tim Mara, were gamblers. Rooney bankrolled the early years of the Pittsburgh Steelers with a small fortune he won at Saratoga Race Course. Mara, his close friend, was a bookmaker who bought the New York […]

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NFL Bull Market Benefits T.J. Watt and Other Pass Rushers

If an N.F.L. team does not possess a quarterback of Tom Brady’s or Patrick Mahomes’s caliber, one of the best ways to remain competitive is to load up on pass rushers so its defense can sack opponents into submission. On the other hand, if a team is fortunate enough to employ an elite quarterback, its […]

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Raiders Go the Extra Mile to Beat the Ravens

Anyone watching the Baltimore Ravens-Las Vegas Raiders game on Monday night got their money’s worth in the first 60 minutes. The underdog Raiders fell behind by 14-0, then rallied to go toe-to-toe with the Super Bowl-contending Ravens all night. Marcus Mariota turned upfield for a 30-yard gain on a keeper. Derek Carr led three game-tying […]

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What We Learned From Week 1 of the N.F.L. Season

[What We Learned is returning for the 2021 N.F.L. season with a new writer and a new look.] How dare any of us doubt a team coached by Mike Tomlin? There are only a few guarantees in today’s N.F.L.: Tom Brady will eat his avocado ice cream and win Super Bowls. Jerry Jones will do […]

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Will Deshaun Watson Play Football This Season?

Rusty Hardin, who represents Watson, issued a statement on March 19 calling the allegations against his client “meritless” and released a more detailed statement on March 23, in which he refuted the veracity of all the claims and described the first of two allegations of sexual assault as a blackmail attempt. In another statement, issued […]

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If ‘I Can’t Take Ya’ll Nowhere’ Was a Person, It’d be Gillie Da Kid Getting an Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalty During Jackson State Game

Gillie Da Kid Gets Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalty During Jackson State Game But once the Orange Blossom Classic kicked off, Gillie’s signature exuberance would actually impact the game itself. In the first quarter, a JSU defender snagged a would-be pick-six and sprinted toward the red zone for the touchdown. However, right next to him on the […]

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N.F.L. Will Allow Six Social Justice Messages on Players’ Helmets

That year, the N.F.L. also began a program called Inspire Change that directs donations to groups focused on police-community relations, criminal justice reform, education and economic advancement. Last year, the N.F.L. said it was nearly tripling the size of its commitment to the program, pledging to spend up to $250 million over 10 years. Amid […]

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Keith McCants, Football Star Laid Low by Drugs, Dies at 53

McCants Script KEITH: (slurring)I have mixed emotions about draft day. It’s very vif-, difficult to remember detail of a detail KEITH: I went in with a bad leg, and I came out worse than ever, and if I knew what I knew today, I wouldn’t have done it. KEITH: the NFL th-, they know what […]

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At Least 10 of Deshaun Watson’s Accusers Have Filed Police Reports

The Houston Police Department has spoken to at least 10 women who have accused Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of crimes from unwanted touching to sexual assault, according to records obtained by The New York Times. The records are heavily redacted, and do not reveal the names of the complainant or the suspect, but they […]

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The NFL’s Inspire Change Initiative Is Back to Wave More Performative Activism in Our Faces

The NFL’s Inspire Change Initiative Is Back But please, hide behind Jay-Z and tell me more about how this initiative was devised to demonstrate “how football and the NFL brings people together to work as one” and how the league will “use our example and our actions to help conquer racism.” Advertisement Even the league’s […]

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N.F.L. Moves New Orleans Saints’ Season Opener to Jacksonville

The Saints will open their season in Jacksonville, Fla., as New Orleans recovers from Hurricane Ida, the N.F.L. said on Wednesday. The Saints will play the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 12, a Sunday, at TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Though the Superdome, the team’s stadium in New Orleans, did not suffer […]

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Sandwiched Between DONDA and Certified Lover Boy, Cam Newton Becomes the 3rd Major Release This Week

Cam Newton Released by the New England Patriots G/O Media may get a commission When you’re one of the best players in your sport, like Lamar Jackson, teams are far more willing to accommodate your reluctance to receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to your impact on the field. But when you’re a fringe starter like […]

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The Ball Don’t Lie, but Apparently, High School Football ‘Powerhouse’ Bishop Sycamore Does

G/O Media may get a commission By the second quarter, it was abundantly clear that Bishop Sycamore was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy out of its league on the field and had clearly lied about the caliber of talent on its roster. However, what made this discovery so fascinating was that it was the announcers who came to the […]

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Patriots Cut Cam Newton After Covid-Related Disruptions

Under N.F.L. rules, unvaccinated players must be tested every day for the virus, as opposed to once a week for vaccinated players, and they cannot move around the team facility or mix with teammates as freely as vaccinated players. Once one of the league’s most electrifying players as the franchise quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, […]

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The Plutocratic Takeover of European Soccer Is Nearly Complete

For much of August, European soccer appeared to be racing toward a rebalancing that doubled as an existential crisis. Already fantastically unequal, with a handful (at best) of clubs dominating in every country, the continent’s three richest teams—two, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, owned by Middle Eastern countries and the third, Chelsea, owned by a […]

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Matthew Stafford Wants His Hollywood Ending. So Do the Rams.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — After Matthew Stafford, the Los Angeles Rams’ new quarterback, threw three interceptions this month in a joint practice with the Las Vegas Raiders, he and his teammates remained calm. Instead of pouting or slamming his helmet, he convened with his coaches to discuss what went wrong. Les Snead, the team’s general […]

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Adoree’ Jackson Hopes to Spark Giants’ Secondary and Tailgate

How did you handle being released by Tennessee? I got drafted there. I don’t want to say I wasn’t hurt or I wasn’t sad, but it wasn’t emotional. I don’t know what I felt, but it wasn’t like one of those down emotions. But you know, one door closes, another door opens. I understood that […]

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Joe Walton’s Jets Could Have Been the Best Team in the N.F.L.

Joe Walton, who died on Sunday at age 85, presided over what I think of as “The Jets Era That Never Was.” He led the team from 1983 through 1989. There were moments when they looked like pro football’s best team. And there were the doldrums when fans bellowed “Joe Must Go!” In some ways, […]

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After Being Cut, Tim Tebow ‘Thankful’ For The Kind Of Second Chance That NFL Won’t Give Colin Kaepernick

NewsOne Featured Video Tim Tebow waves to fans after Training Camp at TIAA Bank Field on July 30, 2021, in Jacksonville, Florida. | Source: James Gilbert / Getty Tim Tebow is “thankful.” He is also “grateful.” And why wouldn’t he be? The free-agent professional football player who has repeatedly underwhelmed in the NFL was still […]

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Snoop Dogg Says NFL Not Having A Black Team Owner Shows That ‘We Still The Slaves’

NewsOne Featured Video Snoop Dogg talks with outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus #59 of the Houston Texans before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019, in Carson, California. | Source: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty The ratio of Black people in the NFL from the perspective of those […]

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Lionel Messi’s Depressing Departure From F.C. Barcelona Marks the End of European Football’s Romantic Era

Messi’s departure from the Catalonian club he’s called his home for over two decades was always going to be tragic, but there is a remarkable joylessness about how this particular episode has unfolded. Messi heading to PSG makes LeBron James going to the Lakers look positively laudable. The fact that the French club now looks […]

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Lionel Messi’s Depressing Departure from FC Barcelona Marks the End of European Football’s Romantic Era

Messi’s departure from the Catalonian club he’s called his home for over two decades was always going to be tragic, but there is a remarkable joylessness about how this particular episode has unfolded. Messi heading to PSG, makes LeBron James going to the Lakers look positively laudable. The fact that the French club now looks […]

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NFL’s First Black Lineman Receives Posthumous Hall Of Fame Induction

NewsOne Featured Video A decorated athlete who played a significant role in breaking racial barriers within the NFL has received a long-overdue honor for his trailblazing contributions. According to USA Today, Duke Slater—the National Football League’s first Black lineman—was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Slater—a Normal, Illinois native who was an […]

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Carl Lewis Blasts U.S. Men’s Relay Team After ‘Completely Unacceptable’ 6th Place Finish: ‘It Was a Total Embarrassment’

Carl Lewis Blasts U.S. Men’s Relay Team After 6th Place Finish While many have been quick to denounce Lewis’ critique as harsh, if there’s anyone who’s more than qualified to speak on this situation it’s him. Throughout the course of his Olympic career, the Willingboro Township, N.J., native collected nine Olympic gold medals and competed […]

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N.F.L. Vaccine Holdouts Face Training Camp Scrutiny

About 70 percent of N.F.L. players are Black, a racial group that is already suspicious of the vaccine and has limited access to it, and whose members are killed by the virus at a higher rate. Only 41 percent of those who have received the vaccine nationally are people of color, according to the C.D.C. […]

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Aaron Rodgers’s News Conference Laid Out Packers Conflict

Rodgers and the Packers finalized the terms of a reworked contract on Thursday. The Packers tore off the back end of his contract, which was scheduled to expire after the 2023 season, and removed forfeiture provisions regarding the prorated portion of Rodgers’ signing bonus. The Packers also acquired Randall Cobb, their former wide receiver and […]

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Do We Still Need Ted Lasso’s Relentless American Positivity?

The first season of Ted Lasso, Apple TV’s streaming series about an American college football coach (Jason Sudeikis) who takes over a top-flight English soccer team, was blessed with perfect timing. It debuted in August last year, and Lasso’s relentless optimism in the face of every crisis was a balm amid the grinding anxiety of […]

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N.F.L. Sets Stiff Penalties for the Unvaccinated, Jolting Teams

Throughout the off-season, the N.F.L. had stopped short of requiring that its players and other team personnel receive a Covid-19 vaccination, instead strongly encouraging inoculation. With training camps starting in earnest next week and the regular season less than two months away, that approach has shifted. Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday sent a memo to […]

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