Bottom Line: How Sports Leagues Crack The Whip On ESPN

"We're not in the business of antagonizing our partner," the ESPN executive told the New York Times, defending the network's sudden withdrawal of support for a program that made the NFL look bad. This wasn't last week. This was nine years ago. » 8/28/13 3:44pm 8/28/13 3:44pm

Elliot Pellman, NFL's Concussion Quack, Also Tagliabue's Personal Doc

For years, Dr. Elliot Pellman—a rheumatologist—discredited various independent studies concerning the severity of concussions. During that time, the league and then-commissioner Paul Tagliabue took a soft position on concussions as only minor injuries. As a direct result of this approach, players were sent back on the … » 8/18/13 6:09pm 8/18/13 6:09pm

Paul Tagliabue Ruling: The NFL Doesn't Have A Bounty Problem; It Has A…

When Roger Goodell appointed Paul Tagliabue to hear the Saints' bounty appeal, the players fought to get the ex-NFL commissioner to recuse himself. There was no way, they thought, that Tagliabue would kneecap his successor, invalidating the suspensions that Goodell had pronounced from his unassailable lair atop… » 12/11/12 7:19pm 12/11/12 7:19pm

Paul Tagliabue Agrees With Goodell's Bountygate Findings, Vacates All…

Just a few minutes ago, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who was tabbed to hear the second round of appeals brought forward by the players involved in the Saints bounty scandal, passed down his ruling. And it is confusing. NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello is currently tweeting out Tagliabue's statement piece by… » 12/11/12 1:43pm 12/11/12 1:43pm

New NFL Commissioner Somehow Looks Like Less Of A Dork

In case you missed the live-blogging of the whole gripping experience yesterday, the NFL owners elected Roger Goodell their new commissioner yesterday, making him the third commissioner of the league in the last 46 years. (We can't believe that's true, by the way; there have been more popes, for crying out loud.) » 8/09/06 11:45am 8/09/06 11:45am