The NFL's Phantom $5 Million


From a reader, about our inabilities to give money to the NFL Katrina Relief telethon:

i had same problem you did. i called the number at various points all night and could never get it to stop saying that it couldnt be connected. finally just got tired and stopped. and theres no way those phones were being answered by the players. what the hell are they writing down on those pages anyway? a credit card number? did they just run them all through a scanner? the whole thing is crap.

The NFL claims it raised $5 million during the telethon. We call bullshit.

NFL Raises $5 Million [NY Times]
The NFL Wouldn't Let Us Give Money [Deadspin]
Defining Bullshit [Slate]