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The Reinvention of Ray Rice

On February 15, 2014, Ray Rice, the star running back for the Baltimore Ravens, punched his fiancee Janay Palmer in the face. She was knocked cold, either by the punch or when her head hit the handrail of an Atlantic City hotel elevator, a moment immortalized by the small security camera in the corner.

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Fans and Advertisers Continue to Rate

The predictions of the National Football League’s imminent demise have proven to be as flat as a New England Patriots football, based on the television ratings for the 2014 season.

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Living in the NFL’s Fantasy World

Like many Americans, Renee Miller plays fantasy football.
Unlike many Americans, Renee Miller is a neuroscientist.
This has helped her develop a unique view of fantasy football; she has studied the effect of cognitive bias on the game, and writes regularly for fantasy football websites advising players to eliminate their biases and personal attachments from the fantasy football decision-making process, one Miller says is best based solely on cold statistics rather than the imperfect gut or the fallible heart.

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Odds are Gambling Drives NFL Audience

The Eastside Lounge, part of the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel, is hosting a party to watch the Super Bowl. For $150, there will be an all-you-can-eat and drink menu. There will, however, be one thing missing from the party.

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Still in Control of The Message

On Friday before the Super Bowl, hundreds of reporters assembled in Phoenix for Roger Goodell’s annual State of the League press conference. Once again the orchestrated event — this year humility was the predominant message — served as little more than a public relations exercise for an organization that, facing criticism for its handling of a litany of controversies over recent years, has increasingly sought to control the media agenda.

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Concussion Case: An Unsettling Wait

Detailed studies and statistics couldn’t do it. Expert medical testimony was ignored. Not even player suicides could shake the National Football League out of a denial reminiscent of the tobacco industry’s ‘smoking doesn’t cause cancer’ campaign.

But after years of dismissing the link between repeated concussions and long-term brain injury, the multi-billion dollar league may soon be forced to pay for its role in the suffering of many of its retired players.

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A Double Standard for the NFL?

The League Promotes its Cheerleaders While Proclaiming to Change its Image

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“Front Porch” Politics: Why College Coaching Salaries Continue to Skyrocket

Academia still hasn’t resolved a major philosophical and moral question

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Shatterproof at Alabama

Shatterproof at Alabama

When Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on January 3rd, 2007, hundreds of strangers, most of them adorned in crimson, were waiting outside the small airport to greet him. They cheered wildly when his plane touched down and then formed a throng, multiple layers deep, surrounding him as he disembarked. They were there to welcome him, praise him, touch him; anything to be close to the man who had come to save their beloved, and recently struggling, University of Alabama football program.

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The High Cost of Keeping Up

The High Cost of Keeping Up

James Franklin, a football coach, will be, by far, the highest-paid public employee in Pennsylvania. Penn State said its new head football coach would be paid $4.5 million per year for the next six years. Franklin will easily earn more money than the university’s new president-elect Eric Barron and Governor Tom Corbett combined.

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