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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                      david.goodfriend[email protected]                     (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

So What Exactly is the NFL’s Image to Fans?

By Alex B Over the last month the NFL showed how schizophrenic it could be in building its public brand. As is now custom, fans saw all the pink to raise awareness and money for breast cancer. Then, in the same month, fans saw the NFL promptly fine several players (Cameron Heyward, DeAngello Williams) for wearing small tributes to honor a father and a mother who died from the very disease. The claim is that these tributes conflicted with the NFL’s uniform policy.  So what are these terrible offenses?  Writing words of tribute on eyeblack and in the case of, a now disputed fine for Antonio Brown, wearing a pink mouth guard. When the NFL struggles to find positive stories to build its brand – this dichotomy just seems odd. Added to that, the NFL seems to have no trouble with alterations on uniforms that pay tribute to NFL owners or some other team anniversary celebration.  Continue reading

NFL Says No More to Twitter GIFs or Vines

Fans of Deadspin and SBNation, picture this:  you are at a work conference, a grocery store or otherwise occupied on a Sunday, just trying to check out the highlights (or lowlights) from the sports action over the weekend. You go to your Twitter or Facebook account to check out some game scores and highlights.  To your surprise, the only thing you can find are videos sanctioned by the NFL and promoted by an official NFL account. Does that sound like our viral video era in 2015?  Continue reading

Rep. Pallone Throws Flag on NFL's TV Foul

Sports Fans Coalition cheers Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), the Ranking Minority Member of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, for his remarks about the NFL at today's Duke Law Forum.  Rep. Pallone said that the NFL's antitrust exemption might have "become a multi-billion dollar handout to a special interest" and that the American people "should also understand whether the league is operating as a monopoly."  Sports Fans Coalition issued the following statement: Continue reading

Sports fans, working moms, and Clifford the Big Red Dog… TV with a choiceWeb-based content is ushering in affordable a la carte programming Illustration on lower-cost tailored television choices by Alexander Hunter/The Washington TimesIllustration on lower-cost tailored television choices by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times more >By Tim Winter and David Goodfriend – - Wednesday, July 1, 2015Question: What do rabid football fans, working moms and Clifford the Big Red Dog viewers have in common? Continue reading

A Sports Cheer for John McCain (Arizona Republic)

Sports fans from around the United States are cheering for Arizona’s senator. Forget about political parties, gridlock and partisanship in Washington, D.C. Every fan has a champion in Sen. John McCain, who is willing to take on the biggest, most powerful professional sports leagues and help our American pastimes better reflect our values of fair play and community. Continue reading

Golf for the Masses?

For fans concerned about the steady migration of sports events from free, over-the-air broadcast TV to cable/satellite and other video subscription services, the recent news of the British Open coming back to broadcast TV was good news. ESPN and its parent company, Disney, which held rights to the tournament for decades, lost a bid to NBC Sports Group, which in turn has committed to bring back the tournament to broadcast TV starting in 2017. While most Americans subscribe to cable or satellite TV, many low-income households and so-called “cord cutters” who do not get pay-TV opt for free, over-the-air broadcast TV, especially in HD. While golf might not be the top spectator sport for most Americans, the British Open’s return to broadcast could be a preview of greater accessibility to come. And who knows… maybe the next Tiger Woods will be inspired to attempt that approach to the 18th green with a 9-iron.