National Football League
Why Is the NFL’s Trade Deadline So Boring?
November 13, 2012
The game of football and the NFL conspire to limit midseason trades, denying fans excitement and players autonomy.
The First Monday Night Football Before the First Tuesday in November
November 05, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney went on ESPN's Monday Night Football to kibitz about sports before the election.
The Man Who Shaped the Way We Watch Football on TV
November 03, 2012
Some years ago, I got a call from NFL Films, from a man named Steve Sabol. Yes, he realized I was English by birth and might not know much about American football. So I explained to him that I had arrived in San Francisco in September 1981 at the start of the season in which the 49ers won their first Super Bowl—their first of five. Mr. Sabol was encouraged, but he had called me because he’d read some writing about movies that I had done. I believe I had compared Joe Montana and Gary Cooper in the way they gazed at space. That was his kind of dream.
Will We Miss David Stern’s Heavy Hands?
October 26, 2012
David Stern represented the contradictions of a liberal in power. A look at his legacy.
The NFL Replacement Refs Reach the Tipping Point
September 25, 2012
The story of the locked-out refs is about NFL greed. But it's also about more than football.
A Journey to the End of Football
September 14, 2012
The cradle of quarterbacks in the age of concussions.
With Sports and Gays, It Will Get Better—But Not Just Because of Chris Kluwe
September 12, 2012
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is right about gay rights, but he's not the norm.
Football Wreaks Havoc on Democratic Convention Schedule
August 31, 2012
The Obama campaign has done a poor job dealing with the NFL regular season opener.
It’s been nothing but scandals and bad publicity lately for the famously image-conscious NFL. The league is facing a “bounty” scandal (in which players were paid to knock their competitors out of games), a former player’s recent suicide (which may be linked, like others, to head injuries), and a lawsuit joined by over 1,500 former players accusing the NFL of understating the danger of concussions. With so much talk about head trauma, it’s easy to forget that football players face other injury risks.