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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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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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Bartkowski: “Guys Are Crying for Help”

Bartkowski: “Guys Are Crying for Help”

Steve Bartkowski, once an elite quarterback in the NFL, said he did not remember the word “concussion” ever coming up during his 12-year NFL career. Bartkowski was the first pick in the 1975 NFL Draft and upon signing with the Atlanta Falcons received the richest rookie deal to date – a contract of $650,000 over four years. Bartkowski chose Leigh Steinberg, his college friend from The University of California-Berkeley, to be his agent. Steinberg later became a high-profile sports agent representing a series of star quarterbacks including Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon and Ben Roethlisberger.

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His Viewers May Not Know About Fourcade’s Health

His Viewers May Not Know About Fourcade’s Health

WHNO’s audience has expectations. It knows what the TV Guide in New Orleans says. And it says The John Fourcade Show airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. There’s no asterisk that says: Fourcade may be squinting because his vision is sensitive to light. If he’s slow to respond to a question, it’s because he’s probably battling a headache. Also, his back is most likely throbbing.

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The Goose Was Playing – No Matter What

The Goose Was Playing – No Matter What

“Goose was going to hit you, and he was going to hit you hard,” Lionel Taylor, Gonsoulin’s teammate for six seasons with the Broncos, said in a telephone interview. “If you came near Goose, if you caught it or not, you were going to get hit…That’s a fact. That was Goose’s game.”

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For The Love Of The Game

For The Love Of The Game

Courtney Robinette has no memory of her dad being able to walk. She was eight years old when multiple sclerosis left him wheelchair bound. Now 23, that’s the only way Robinette remembers David Humm. Robinette said she started seeing the signs five years ago, but in the last year, Humm’s memory has gotten significantly worse. Just talking about it for a few minutes leads to tears.

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