The U.S. Department of Defense paid the NFL more than $5 million in taxpayer money between 2011 to 2014 to honor U.S. soldiers and veterans at games, an investigation revealed this week. But instead of purely heartfelt salutes to the troops, the money was for paid promotions under federal advertising contracts. Continue reading
President Barack Obama says the Ray Rice domestic violence case showed that the National Football League was “behind the curve” in setting policies about athlete behavior. He says new policies now in effect will send a message that there is no place for such behavior. Continue reading
The Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday will hold a hearing on domestic violence in professional sports.
In our news wrap Thursday, Islamic State militants reportedly executed more that 150 Syrian soldiers taken during recent fighting. Meanwhile, President Obama tamped down expectations for military action in Syria, saying the U.S. priority is to fight Islamic State in Iraq. Also, JPMorgan Chase is investigating a possible cyberattack, the scope of which is unclear. Continue reading
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has defended the two-game punishment of Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice for domestic abuse. The case, and its aftermath, have sparked a firestorm of public criticism that the penalty was too lenient. Jeffrey Brown talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today/ABC News about the pushback, and how the case fits into larger problems for the sport. Continue reading
The National Football League struck a $765 million settlement with retired players over brain-related diseases. The settlement will go towards compensation for the injured and research. Margaret Warner talks with Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN about what the agreement means for pro-athletes and the sport. Continue reading
The Supreme Court has ruled that a sportswear company may proceed with its lawsuit against the National Football League. Ray Suarez talks to Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal for more on what the case will mean for competition in the world of sports merchandise. Continue reading