You might have caught wind of the recent Miami Dolphins’ controversy. While it’s easy to dismiss the dispute as a war between the two players most directly involved -Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito- in truth the story and the resulting back and forth provide a telling look into the bullying, bravado and intolerance permitted and encouraged by NFL culture.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday November 22, 2013 6:00 pm|
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday July 23, 2013 6:10 pm|
President Obama is personally recruiting celebrities to help promote Obamacare before insurance exchanges launch October 1. POTUS dropped into a meeting led by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; singer Jennifer Hudson, actress Amy Poehler, and execs from the Grammys and Funny Or Die, and one of Oprah’s reps got charm-bombed.
|By: dakine01 Saturday February 2, 2013 8:00 pm|
You might have heard the news there is a big football game tomorrow evening? I think they call it the Super Bowl or something. For myself, while I do not know what I will be watching to avoid the nonsense, I’m fairly certain it won’t be football.
I used to be a football fan as part of generally being a fan of all sports.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 27, 2012 6:45 am|
The NFL will have its regular officials back on the field tonight, as the owners ended their lockout of the referees, reaching a tentative agreement. The referees union must vote to approve the contract, but the NFL was holding up the return to play for the officials by locking them out, so their lifting that allowed the officials to go back to work.
Officials will receive a solid raise throughout the eight-year deal, and here is the information on their pensions, which was the main bone of contention…
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 26, 2012 6:49 am|
Kudos to the New York Times for trying to peddle this poor helpless Roger Goodell spin. This is the NFL Commissioner who has lined up a $10 million ANNUAL pay increase at a time when the annual gap between the NFL and its referees is around $3.2 million. He could literally pay for the entire gap out of his pay raise and have nearly $7 million a year left over. I don’t dispute the idea that the tight-fisted owners have made the call to lock out the refs, but don’t tell me Goodell has no agency here.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday September 25, 2012 8:00 pm|
Last night’s Lingerie-League-rejects refereed game between the winning Seattle Sea Hawks and the favored Green Bay Packers threw the legal betting industry into a tizzy.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 25, 2012 7:40 am|
The replacement ref incompetence has now officially cost one team a game, and the frustration on display in the third week of the lockout just grew even more.
|By: TBogg Tuesday September 25, 2012 7:05 am|
The real bone of contention in The Great NFL Referee Lock-Out Destroying The Integrity of The Game Clusterfuck:
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 18, 2012 2:23 pm|
As we wait for the outcome of the most high-profile labor dispute currently happening in America, the Chicago Teachers Union strike, I want to call attention to the other big labor action out there. National Football League referees have been locked out of the job since the beginning of the year. Four weeks of preseason and two weeks of the regular season have been officiated by scabs, replacement referees from college and even high school. The NFL had to remove one referee from a New Orleans Saints game after he was outed as a fan of the team; another scab was recruited from the Lingerie Football League.
|By: Peterr Saturday September 1, 2012 9:13 am|
Since the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Referees Association expired on May 31, the regular NFL officials have been locked out. Taking the place of these officials with a combined tenure of roughly1500 years of NFL experience are people whose last refereeing jobs were in the lingerie football league.
Welcome to Labor Day, NFL style.