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Sports Fans Hall of Fame: Superhero dad saves son from flying baseball bat

The photo stops you in your tracks: A bewildered boy, a flying baseball bat, an outstretched arm between them. It's the stuff that nightmares are made of, but thanks to a father's instincts, this time there was a happy ending. Continue reading

The NFL draft is over. Now what?

On Saturday, Kalan Reed out of Southern Miss became Mr. Irrelevant—the last player taken in the NFL draft. And with his selection, one of the most exciting events of the offseason has ended. But before you break into a sweat wondering how you’ll get by without football, take a minute to relax. Because another big NFL moment is coming up, and Sports Fans Coalition needs your help. Continue reading

What's next after beating the NFL?

Last week we told you about the origins of the Sports Fans Coalition... Continue reading

The NFL Draft. So fun, until you remember the owners.

You know what's pretty cool? The NFL Draft. Seriously: On no other night can you watch your favorite college players making lifelong dreams come true while your favorite NFL teams (hopefully) find the building blocks for Super Bowl runs. But we all know that for these young men, it isn't always roses. Continue reading

How We Beat the NFL

The NFL has done some greedy and selfish things over the years. But one of the worst has got to be sticking by its harmful blackout rules well into the 21st century. You know what we're talking about. Continue reading

The NFL and streaming: Two steps forward, three steps back

We were about to do something unprecedented a couple of weeks ago: Congratulate the NFL on a move that would be unequivocally good for fans. News broke that Twitter had won the right to live-stream, FOR FREE, Thursday Night football games in the upcoming season. Continue reading

The NFL tried to intimidate The New York Times. It did not go very well.

You may remember a few weeks ago The New York Times came out with a bombshell report about the NFL's concussion research, and perilous connections to the tobacco industry. Shocker: It was even more faulty than originally thought: Continue reading

The NFL’s concussion research is deeply flawed. We wish we could say we're surprised.

The New York Times is out with an absolute bombshell of a report on the NFL’s concussion research. The full story is worth a read, and the specifics within should be distressing to any sports fan or athlete. Continue reading

NFL's L.A. Stadium missing vote: Fans

The NFL's unusual step of holding a secret owners' meeting smack in the midst of post-season playoffs to determine the fate of perhaps three teams and a SoCal stadium has us wondering... Do the fans get a vote?  An L.A. Times article suggests -- no surprise -- fans aren't at the table.  Not even close.  So if we get the "Disneyland" of NFL super-arenas, if St. Louis loses a team and maybe Oakland does, too, it will be at the hands of a couple billionaire owners and the cartel, we mean League... through which they work.  Will any public resources go towards roads, ramps, rails, water, sewer, power, or other necessary ingredients to support a stadium?  And if so, will the fans get a say in what the public should get in return?  Stay tuned, sports fans... ...especially all you Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, and San Diego Chargers fans...    

PRESS RELEASE: Sports Fans Coalition Cheers FANS Act Reintroduction

Contact:    David Goodfriend, Chairman                                 (202) 549-5612 WASHINGTON, D.C., December 17, 2015 – Today, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) reintroduced the Furthering Access and Networks for Sports (“FANS”) Act.  Sports Fans Coalition issued the following statement: Sports Fans Coalition thanks Senators Blumenthal and McCain for reintroducing the FANS Act and showing once again that they stand up for American sports fans and all the taxpayers around the country who help pay for new sports stadiums. The FANS Act gives professional sports leagues a choice:  if you want federal law to continue protecting you from criminal and civil antitrust liability, then require your media partners to keep the games on TV during contract disputes between broadcasters and pay-TV providers.  If you don’t want to take on that obligation, you forfeit your antitrust exemption. The FANS Act also helps baseball fans who are unable to access MLB games on broadcast or pay-TV by requiring games to be made available online to such households. Continue reading