NFL puts greed ahead of freedom of expression, again

NFL owners are rich, not necessarily smart. Forcing players to stand at attention during the national anthem undermines basic rights

NFL puts greed ahead of freedom of expression, again“Being rich doesn’t mean you’re smart, honest or fair. It just means you're rich.” That’s how John Feinstein ended his column about how former San Francisco 49er Eric Reid is getting punished by rich National Football League owners – in the same way former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is – for kneeling during the playing…

Can sports go back to spitballing on the big calls?

Video replay in football is a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences. And each sport has similar problems

Can sports go back to spitballing on the big calls?Al Michaels was nettled. The star NBC announcer had watched yet another officiating tire fire at the end of Saturday’s Los Angeles Rams/Atlanta Falcons playoff game. He asked: Why do the final two minutes of a hockey game take two minutes, but the final two minutes of a National Football League game take 20 minutes…

Full meal deal: sports world serves up plenty of intrigue

What does 2018 hold? Forgettable Olympics, NHL incompetence (followed by NFL incompetence), Blue Jay uncertainty and golf mysteries, for a start

Full meal deal: sports world serves up plenty of intrigueThe 2018 sports year begins with a bowl (of the college football variety) but the full table setting lies ahead. What courses are being prepared? Let’s look at some of the most challenging stories ahead. Dents in the shield In 2017, the National Football League fought Donald Trump and President Trump won. Okay, the American…

The ugly tug of war for control of the NFL

If Roger Goodell were a quarterback in his league, we’d say he’s slow to react to pressure and always making bad reads in coverage

The ugly tug of war for control of the NFLWhere’s Bernie Sanders when you really need him? The American socialist scold – who’s usually out of his mind about corporate perks and privilege – has been remarkably quiet about the contract negotiations going on for National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell. According to anonymous source – oh hell, we all know it’s Dallas Cowboys…

Dissing female sports reporters is just equal treatment

Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrique was treated like almost all reporters are treated by most athletes. With disdain

Dissing female sports reporters is just equal treatmentHe was who we thought he was. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton took up residence in a barrel of his own construction last week. Responding to a postgame question from a female Charlotte Observer reporter about passing routes, Newton responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.” It was the sort…

A respectful protest turns into political football

If NFL owners cave in to public pressure and ban taking a knee, they will only be seen as kneeling to Trump

A respectful protest turns into political footballNFL players kneeling during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner is an issue that should have fizzled out in the United States, and probably would have except for the nation’s president. It started in August 2016, when NFL player Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the American anthem. He did it…

The brutal truth about football’s waning popularity

As devastating hits and debilitating injuries rise, football faces a diminished audience. Can the sport curb its most violent tendencies and survive?

The brutal truth about football’s waning popularityThe news that the National Football League's TV ratings are dropping – down 11 per cent from the previous season – has been greeted with all sorts of interpretations. Many attribute the drop to the recent spate of social justice protests by players and some coaches in the NFL. A lot of people (68 per…

Ringing the Bell on American ads during Super Bowl broadcasts

The CRTC, led by its new chairman, is expected to reverse the controversial decision related to simultaneous ad substitution

Ringing the Bell on American ads during Super Bowl broadcastsIt being the time of year to make football predictions, here’s one: there won’t be any U.S. Super Bowl ads on cable broadcasts of the big game when it comes around again early next year. Ian Scott, incoming chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), will have the unpopular task of reversing the…

CFL: The Dark League Rises (again)

The three-down football league seems to move from one episode of crisis to another. But every spring it emerges again, despite its critics – and itself

CFL: The Dark League Rises (again)Like the Batman franchise, the Canadian Football League has had many faces and plenty of near-death experiences. And like the caped crusader, the CFL has familiar nemeses, predictable plot lines and a miraculous escape at the end of every story line. So working up alarm for the CFL is pointless. It was here when we…

Touchdown: an NFL franchise in Canada would score big

A Toronto team would easily sell out. New advertising revenue, jobs and industries would be created. Hotels, restaurants and bars would flourish

Touchdown: an NFL franchise in Canada would score bigIt’s a great time of year to be a sports fan. Hockey and basketball playoffs are only a few weeks away. Baseball spring training has started. Soccer, tennis and golf are in full swing. Football is still a few months away. Canadian Football League training camps open in late May, followed by the National Football…
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