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The NFL Playoffs Offer Little Reward for All Their Risk
January 10, 2013

You won't believe how much Robert Griffin III got paid to injure his knee.

Nick Saban’s Long, Winding Path to Sophomoric Success
January 07, 2013

Alabama Coach Nick Saban might be the greatest college football coach in history—but only because he gave up on the pro game.

This Hit Caused a Concussion. It Was Also Legal. Discuss.
December 28, 2012

Balancing the safety of NFL players and the quality of the game is not so simple.

ESPN Casts a Critical Look at Its Meal Ticket: Football
November 20, 2012

ESPN pairs with public-TV stalwart 'Frontline' to investigate its meal ticket, professional football.

How to Save College Basketball
November 16, 2012

A four-point plan to fix the game

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.

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.

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