NFL says it is not pressuring Panthers owner to sell team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NFL made it clear Thursday it isn't forcing Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to sell the team while he is under investigation for sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.
Is this indeed Roger Goodell’s ‘last contract,’ and is Jerry Jones done fighting?
Early on Wednesday, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart made what appeared to be a pretty definitive statement about commissioner Roger Goodell's tenure. Later in the day, Goodell appeared to cast some doubt over what Lockhart had said at the annual NFL owners meetings outside Dallas.
NFL, NFLPA looking into Savage’s return despite concussion
The NFL is checking whether concussion protocol was properly followed Sunday when Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to briefly return to action after a hard hit in the end zone that left him dazed and with his hands quivering.
NFL expects Goodell contract extension to be finalized soon
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL expects a five-year contract extension with Commissioner Roger Goodell to be finalized soon, despite a threatened lawsuit by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday that "our expectation is this will be wrapped up soon, but we can't project an actual date."
The extension would carry through 2024. Goodell became commissioner in 2006.
NFL expects Kaepernick invite to next players’ meeting
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart says the league expects Colin Kaepernick to be invited to the next meeting between owners and players to discuss social justice initiatives.
Lockhart says the meeting probably will take place next week.
NFL considers possible discipline for Lynch after ejection
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is reviewing possible disciplinary measures for Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who was ejected from the game against the Kansas City Chiefs after he shoved an official when he ran onto the field during a scuffle.
League spokesman Joe Lockhart said the NFL is considering all options and would announce its decision.
Goodell, union, players to meet on social issues and anthem
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, owners of each team, representatives of the players' union and players themselves will meet Tuesday to discuss ways to "move from protest to progress."
Among the topics will be enhancing their platforms for speaking out on social issues, and the league's policy that suggests but does not mandate players standing for the national anthem.
NFL may change policy that players ‘should’ stand for anthem
NFL owners will meet next week to consider changes to a game manual that says players "should" stand during the national anthem, a guideline the league has left to the discretion of players who kneeled in large numbers after criticism from President Donald Trump.
Commissioner Roger Goodell told club executives Tuesday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that the anthem issue is dividing the league from its fans. He said the NFL needs "to move past this controversy."
AP FACT CHECK: Trump seems unaware NFL pays taxes
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested the U.S. change its tax laws to punish organizations such as the NFL if members are "disrespecting" the national anthem or flag. Actually, the NFL gave up its tax exempt status two years ago and its 32 teams pay taxes already.
TRUMP: "Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!" — tweet on Tuesday morning.
NFL looking into Pryor saying KC fans made racist remarks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NFL is looking into a situation Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City during which Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor says he was called racist names and cursed at by a fan.
Pryor posted on Instagram story on Wednesday that it got so bad during the game against the Chiefs that a league employee had to stand by him from the second quarter on. Pryor apologized to teammates and the organization for "flicking the person off."
NFL: Message being lost in political firestorm over anthem
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says the message players and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political firestorm.
The issues have been "overtaken by political forces," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, referring to President Trump's criticism of the league, team owners and players for kneeling during the national anthem.
Trump’s still criticizing NFL owners over players who kneel
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says National Football League team owners are "afraid of their players." And he's still calling for action against those who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
Trump says he began criticizing the players because he has "so many friends that are owners." He adds: "I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it's disgraceful."
NFL opts not to react to Trump’s anthem kneel ‘rule’ tweet
WASHINGTON (AP) — No matter what challenges his administration faces, President Donald Trump is keeping up his running commentary on the NFL — tweeting Tuesday about the football league's TV ratings and suggesting it bar players from kneeling during the national anthem.
The NFL, for its part, was not all that eager to continue the back-and-forth with Trump.
Speed of the essence: 10 NFL games under 3 hours in Week 1
The NFL took steps to eliminate dead time in games and, as an offshoot, to shorten the length of them. Judging by Week 1, it's working.
Ten of the 15 games were played in under three hours, a first since 2009. And, as NFL communications vice president Joe Lockhart points out, the 3:24 for the Chiefs-Patriots match came in a "compelling game."