Articles matching tag: NFL
- Column: NFL Concussion Case Shows Lawyers At Their WorstApril 20, 2017
“This case has done nothing but show lawyers at their worst.” Attorney Jason Luckasevic Even on their good days attorneys have been known to act, well, not so good. Luckasevic had to be upset to utter such a strong indictment of the legal profession. Luckasevic was referring to the actions of attorneys who are involved in the NFL concussion case, a class action lawsuit that was settled, sort of, in August of 2013. However, none of the plaintiffs in the suit, which was really a combination of hundreds of lawsuits, have yet to see a dime from the settlement and it may be years before they do.
- Column: NFL Parity Is A MythFebruary 2, 2017
The NFL loves to portray itself as the league with the most parity. On any given Sunday – which in reality is now Monday, Thursday and, depending on the time of the year, Saturday – any team can win. Of course, that’s true. Upsets in sports have existed as long sports itself which dates back to at least ancient Greece. But cream always rises to the top. In the NFL, that means the teams that end up in the playoffs year after year have familiar names: New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Green Bay Packers. Are there commonalities among the three teams that other teams should emulate? You bet there are.
- Column: Chargers Flee San Diego For LaLa LandJanuary 19, 2017
The lessons I learned from my grandfather have stuck with me. One in particular came to mind when I read the announcement by San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos that the team would dessert a loyal fan base in San Diego for Los Angeles. Maine was once home to a number of smelly, toxic-spewing paper mills. One day as my grandfather and I were traveling through a mill town I made an unflattering comment about the putrid stench. My grandfather opined that the workers in the mill were able to support their families with their hard-earned paychecks and to them, the money didn’t smell. He counseled me that money is money, regardless of where it comes from, a fact that also applies to the Chargers’ move.
- Column: NFL Ratings Decline InconsequentialOctober 13, 2016
The September TV ratings are in and viewership of early season NFL games is down 10% from last year’s numbers. That much is clear. What isn’t as clear is the reason behind the falloff. Speculation abounds on the cause of the lower ratings. Among the alleged culprits are the National Anthem protests by players, overexposure of the product, lousy matchups, the loss of key players such as Peyton Manning (retired) and Tom Brady (serving a four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate), declining interest in a sport that has been vilified for the toll it extracts on its players, the legal attacks on the fantasy sports industry, and alternative methods of consumption, e.g., streaming video.
- Column: The Many Facets of Colin Kaepernick's ProtestSeptember 8, 2016
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem as a form of protest against our country’s treatment of black people has sparked outrage, sprinkled with a small dose of support. In this view, neither is justified. In some circles, Kaepernick is being compared to Muhammad Ali, which is perhaps the greatest outrage in this entire controversy. The key difference – there are many others - between Kaepernick and Ali is the level of sacrifice each made by protesting injustice as they saw it in this country. In 2014, Kaepernick signed a 6-year, $114 million contract with the 49ers that included a $12 million signing bonus and $61 million in guaranteed salary. By engaging in a sit-down – now a kneel-down - protest, he forfeited none of his $73 million in guaranteed money.
- Column: Washington Redskins - A Controversy That Won't EndJune 16, 2016
If you’re looking for a controversy with no end, try this one: The debate on whether the Washington Redskins should change their nickname and team logos. Depending on who – and how – you ask, the nickname of the NFL’s third most valuable team ranges from a non-issue to a slur against Native Americans. The controversy was recently inflamed when the Washington Post published the results of a new poll that asked Native Americans a series of questions regarding their opinion of the term “Redskins.” A whopping 90% said the name doesn’t bother them. Only nine percent said the name was offensive, while one percent had no opinion.
- Column: Deflategate Keeps On HissingMay 5, 2016
If you feel like you’ve overdosed on Deflategate, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans feel just like you and millions more may join your group before the case hisses its way to a final conclusion. The case that seemingly won’t end has completed its latest chapter. Last week the Second Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to reinstate Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for tampering with the air pressure in footballs. Brady was initially suspended by an NFL hearing officer for allegedly tampering with the footballs used in the Patriots’ AFC Championship game rout of the Indianapolis Colts in January of 2015.
- Column: NFL Facing Pension WoesFebruary 11, 2016
The NFL generated an estimated $12 billion dollars this year, far and away the most of any professional sports league in the country. But despite that embarrassment of riches, the NFL is facing a decidedly American problem: a substantial funding gap in its pension plan. According to league and union officials the players’ pension plan has only 72% of the assets necessary to cover liabilities owed to former and current players. Experts generally consider a funding ratio of 80% or more to be satisfactory. But the deficit in the NFL plan pales in comparison to many pension plans, including a number in the public sector.
- Column: Should You Believe Peyton Manning?January 7, 2016
The end of 2015 brought another doping scandal in sports. Raise your hand if you were surprised. The bigger question should be, do you care, or is this just another ho-hum moment in the ever-evolving intersection of PEDs and sports? On Christmas weekend Al Jazeera America aired a documentary ominously titled “The Dark Side.” The report claimed that a number of professional athletes in the NFL and MLB purchased human-growth-hormone (HGH) from the Guyer Institute, an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic. The information was based in part on the word of the apply-named Charlie Sly, a former intern at the clinic.
- Column: Fantasy Sports and GamblingSeptember 24, 2015
Last week we finally got to experience the long-anticipated excitement of the NFL season. We were also inundated with something few of us were prepared for: Non-stop ads for daily fantasy games. According to the SportsBusiness Journal, the two behemoths in the daily fantasy business, DraftKings and FanDuel, have committed to spend a minimum of $200 million with the NFL’s television partners - CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC and the league’s own NFL Network – this season. One unnamed source estimated that the two companies have already spent $500 million so far this year on advertising during sporting events across all channels. Their goal is to convert some of the more than 50 million fantasy sports players, as reported by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, to the daily game. And those efforts have so far been successful.