Officiating woes are not monopolized by NFL
While Saints fans must be feeling picked on as NFL game officials made another error that damaged them in the opener, it must be noted that pro football hardly has a monopoly on officiating...
‘Nola No-call’ lawsuit is no more; fan drops his fight
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney and New Orleans Saints fan said Monday he will go no further with his court fight against the NFL over game officials' failure to call an obvious penalty at a...
Sen. Blumenthal: NFL must take domestic violence seriously
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is pressing National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell to take incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault among players...
Call NFL preseason games what they are: exhibitions
NEW YORK (AP) — There was a time when NFL games played in August were called exactly what they are: exhibitions.
In recent years, the league has stuck to describing them as being part of the...
Louisiana high court rejects ‘NOLA No-Call’ suit against NFL
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans Saints fan's lawsuit against the NFL and game officials over the failure to call a crucial penalty against the Los Angeles Rams in a January playoff game was...
NFL At 100: the shadow of domestic violence over league
The NFL got tougher on players charged with domestic violence after mishandling Ray Rice's case five years ago.
Still, some don't think the league is tough enough considering a disturbing...
NFL’s latest Huddle for 100 cleans up Douglas Park
CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL staged its third national NFL Huddle for 100 event Wednesday at Douglas Park, with beautifying areas of the park the main goal.
NFL 2019: Pass interference reviews main topic in season 100
The NFL would love the main focus of 2019 to be on the celebrations of its 100th season.
While the history of the league is a widespread and fun topic, what happened last...
Wednesday Sports in Brief
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kareem Hunt will have to spend his NFL suspension isolated from his team.
The suspended Browns running back, who must serve an eight-game ban for physical...
Suspended Browns RB Hunt won’t be with team during ban
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kareem Hunt will have to spend his NFL suspension isolated from his team.
The suspended Browns running back, who must serve an eight-game ban for physical altercations, will...
Gordon back with Patriots while on non-football injury list
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Oft-suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to the New England Patriots' practice field on Monday without pads and without saying when he might be able to play...
NFL conditionally reinstates Patriots WR Josh Gordon
BOSTON (AP) — Josh Gordon's winding career has included several second chances following a trail of multiple drug suspensions that cast doubt whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever...
Column: Jay-Z sells out Kaepernick, grabs big money from NFL
Remember when Jay-Z was a dynamic hip-hop artist whose stark lyrics gave voice to the oppressed and downtrodden?
Jay-Z defends NFL deal with Roc Nation, talks Kaepernick
NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Jay-Z announced that his Roc Nation company was partnering with the NFL, the rap icon explained that he still supports protesting, kneeling and NFL player Colin...
A time-out for the NFL in ‘NOLA no-call’ lawsuit
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court has ruled that the NFL can hold off, for now, on providing documents and answering questions in a New Orleans Saints fan's lawsuit over referees'...
NFL teaming with Jay-Z on entertainment and social activism
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and Jay-Z's entertainment and sports representation company are teaming up for events and social activism.
The league not only will use Jay-Z's Roc Nation to consult...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They were badly burned by the "Nola no-call," but the New Orleans Saints have joined the NFL in opposing a fan's lawsuit seeking damages over the missed penalty that helped the...
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The last of three federal lawsuits against NFL officials over the failure to call a blatant penalty in January's NFC title game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana judge ordered that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and three officials from January's NFC title game be questioned under oath in September about the infamous...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana judge ruled Thursday that a damage lawsuit can continue against the NFL over the playoff "no-call" that helped the Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints and...
NEW YORK (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott won't be suspended over an incident in Las Vegas that police said involved an altercation between the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys and a security...
NEW YORK (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott is vowing to avoid incidents similar to a recent one in Las Vegas that forced the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys to meet with Commissioner Roger...
BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Four preseason games remain too much for Roger Goodell.
The NFL Commissioner on Monday reiterated his stance of wanting to reduce the preseason schedule at a time the...
3 QBs and lots of defenders highlight 1st round of draft
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at the top, two more QBs along the way — and a whole lot of guys who like nothing better than putting passers on the ground.
Dolphins draft Clemson DT Christian Wilkins in 1st round
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Moments after becoming a Miami Dolphin, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins nearly sacked Roger Goodell.
Wilkins gleefully leaped into the commissioner on the draft stage...
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL wants America to huddle up as part of the league's celebration of its upcoming 100th season, and the first event in that initiative will focus on the fight against...
On Football: Goodell, with Payton’s help, gets it right
PHOENIX (AP) — Roger Goodell got it right.
NFL fans rarely feel that way. Right now, they should.
Many times, perhaps most of the time, the NFL commissioner is doing the bidding of the...
Pass interference now reviewable by officials
PHOENIX (AP) — Roger Goodell laid down the law, and the owners readily changed NFL rules on reviewing pass interference, whether flagged or not.
NFL At 100: Free agency has been a boon to NFL
DENVER (AP) — The National Football League's annual free agency frenzy officially begins Wednesday, just 39 days after Tom Brady won another Super Bowl and 44 days before Commissioner Roger...
Women’s forum opens eyes for candidates and teams
Sam Mullet sat at a table during a lunch break at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, where she was attending the Women's Careers In Football Forum conducted by the league.
Cowboys’ Gregory suspended indefinitely in 4th ban from NFL
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory was suspended indefinitely Tuesday for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, the fourth time the troubled player has been banned by the...
Goodell has wide-ranging powers to fine or suspend Kraft
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has wide-ranging powers to discipline teams, coaches, players, and, yes, owners.
Pending the completion of police investigations in Florida — and likely a...
Raiders have talks about returning to Coliseum for 2019
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Raiders have had their first talks about returning for one final season in Oakland since the city filed suit over the team's planned move to Las Vegas.
Oakland Coliseum executive director Scott McKibben said Tuesday that he met with Raiders president Marc Badain last week about a lease for 2019. McKibben called the meeting "meaningful and productive" but gave no other details.
Governor releases NFL head’s response about missed penalty
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has told Louisiana's governor there was an error in the officiating that helped the Los Angeles Rams go to the Super Bowl instead of the New Orleans Saints, but there's nothing he can do about it.
Column: Edelman is Super Bowl MVP, but don’t forget cheating
ATLANTA (AP) — Julian Edelman is certainly a compelling story.
A diminutive guy with a bushy beard, picked in the final round of the draft, defying the odds to become one of the NFL's top receivers.
And, now, a Super Bowl MVP.
But let's not forget one other fairly important element to this story:
Trump: NFL people thankful he signed criminal justice bill
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed that "a lot of people" from the NFL have been calling and thanking him for signing legislation addressing concerns with the criminal justice system.
Trump also said during an interview broadcast Sunday that he and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have set aside their differences over players kneeling during the national anthem.
Column: Super Bowl Stadium Scam stops in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — The Great Super Bowl Stadium Scam rolls into another city.
You're up, Atlanta.
The NFL is a master when it comes to separating people from their money, but clearly its most effective technique is dangling the prospect of hosting its grandest event in front of any city that's willing to fork over a billion dollars for a new stadium.
Boldin says it’s a ‘travesty’ Kaepernick isn’t in NFL
Former NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin says it's a "travesty" that Colin Kaepernick isn't in the league.
Boldin, the co-founder of The Players Coalition, tells PodcastOne Sports Now guest host Rob Maaddi that Kaepernick "deserves" to be in the NFL and AP NFL writer Barry Wilner dissects NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's comments on Kaepernick and officiating.
Column: Goodell won’t commit to positons on key NFL issues
ATLANTA (AP) — This much we know after Roger Goodell's annual State of the NFL gabfest leading up to the Super Bowl.
The league has never been stronger. The commissioner is a fan of the game. And there was a missed call in the NFC championship game.
Lots of questions for Goodell, not a lot of answers
ATLANTA (AP) — Faced with a blitz of officiating questions and queries about the effectiveness of the Rooney Rule, Colin Kaepernick's football unemployment, and the cancellation of a news conference for a Super Bowl halftime show that has drawn hefty criticism, Roger Goodell scrambled.
Goodell: NFL focusing on opportunities for minority coaches
ATLANTA (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will keep focusing on opportunities to create a deeper pool of minority coaching candidates.
At his State of the League news conference Wednesday, Goodell lauded the NFL's Rooney Rule, designed 20 years ago to ensure minorities get interview chances when head-coaching opportunities come available.
With voodoo dolls, cookies Saints fans protest missed call
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans bakery is turning out thousands of cookies with a picture of a referee with a circle and slash mark across it in red icing.
The owner of a locksmith shop has hung posters and signs taking aim at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and some residents have hung posters of a referee wearing a blindfold.
Cantrell sends Goodell letter about Saints-Rams game
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Still reeling from Sunday's New Orleans Saints loss in the NFC Championship, Mayor LaToya Cantrell says she has sent a letter on behalf of the city to football Commissioner Roger Goodell about the missed call that likely cost the Saints the game.
Veteran TE Watson rips Goodell for silence on blown calls
Retiring New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson strongly criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday for his public silence following a blown call in the NFC championship game.
Watson posted a letter to Goodell on Twitter, saying "we all realize that football is an imperfect game, played, coached and officiated by imperfect people. What occurred last Sunday in New Orleans, though, was outside of that expected and accepted norm."
Louisiana governor chastises NFL leader about missed penalty
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Add Louisiana's governor to the list of people chastising the NFL about officiating in the NFC championship game that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl instead of the New Orleans Saints.
Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter Tuesday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to express the "deep disappointment" of the people of Louisiana and Saints fans.
Blown-call lawsuit seeks do-over of Rams-Saints game
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders asked a judge on Tuesday to order the NFL commissioner to reverse the results of the NFC championship game that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl, or schedule a do-over.
The Latest: Gordon suspended for substance abuse violation
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon stepping away from football (all times local):
The NFL says that Patriots receiver Josh Gordon has been returned to the reserve/commissioner suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the league's substance abuse policy.
Goodell: NFL won’t pay for video in domestic investigations
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the NFL won't pay for video evidence in cases involving domestic violence, and he defended the league's handling of those investigations.
Speaking after owners held their annual winter meeting, Goodell said the NFL's approach to dealing with domestic violence is "extraordinary" and that the league has some of the highest standards of any organization.