Inside The Closed-Door NFL Hearing That Reinstated Greg Hardy

On March 4, the NFL conducted a reinstatement hearing for Greg Hardy, who had spent most of the previous season on the Commissioner’s Exempt List after he was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder. Deadspin has obtained the transcript of that confidential hearing, which you’ll find at the bottom of… »11/11/15 3:46pm11/11/15 3:46pm


The Daily Fantasy Nightmare Is Here Because The NFL Made It So 

This has been the season of daily fantasy. Yes, it was always there, but this year, the biggest players—FanDuel and DraftKings—have gone all in, buying up seemingly every possible piece of ad space available in sports media. There they are, sponsoring one of the biggest fantasy writers. There they are, advertising… »10/07/15 7:16pm10/07/15 7:16pm

How The NFL Convinced Prosecutors To Give Them (And No One Else) The Greg Hardy Photos

Last year, the National Football League faced perhaps the worst public-relations crisis in its history. Even those who couldn’t care less about football knew all about the league’s disastrous handling of a domestic violence case involving Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice cold-cocking his future wife inside an Atlantic… »9/16/15 2:09pm9/16/15 2:09pm

Bombshell ESPN Report: The Patriots Were Huge Cheaters And Roger Goodell Covered It Up

I want to hug and kiss this beautiful story from ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham and take it out to a fancy dinner. Splendidly reported and brutally damning of both the New England Patriots and Roger Goodell, it alleges that the Patriots’ Spygate scandal was worse than anyone imagined—and was actively… »9/08/15 10:20am9/08/15 10:20am

The Falcons' Owner Seems Pretty Fed Up With Roger Goodell

If there was ever a time for NFL owners to start expressing their displeasure with Roger Goodell, it’s now, while the smoke from Judge Richard Berman’s torching of Goodell’s Ballghazi ruling is still swirling. And so here comes Falcons owner Arthur Blank, rather flatly stating that he’s sick of all these fuck ups. »9/04/15 9:54am9/04/15 9:54am

This Is Roger Goodell's Defining Defeat, And The One He Deserves

It’s fitting that Roger Goodell’s biggest failure, the one that could well end up permanently lessening the considerable power he and NFL owners have traditionally held over the NFLPA, was born out of the stupidest scandal in the history of the NFL, and perhaps all of sports. This is precisely the kind of defeat that… »9/03/15 12:14pm9/03/15 12:14pm

Here's An Impossibly Stupid Scene That Was Cut From The Concussion Movie

The Hollywood Reporter went to the crates and found a version of the Concussion script from back in May, before cuts were made to scenes either too much in conflict with a massive business entity like the NFL or too inaccurate, libelous, and badly written to appear in a major motion picture release. (It’s both,… »9/02/15 7:20pm9/02/15 7:20pm

The NFL Didn't Have To Screw Will Smith's Concussion Movie, Hollywood Already Had

First there was Monday’s release of the first trailer for Concussion, the forthcoming Will Smith vehicle depicting the early days of the NFL’s ongoing defense of its game from the reality that it is very bad for the brains of the men who play it. Then there was an interview between writer/director Peter Landesman and… »9/02/15 2:01pm9/02/15 2:01pm

The NFL's Policy On Punishing Weed Smokers Is Arbitrary And Retrograde

Congratulations to Oday Aboushi on his one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substances of abuse policy. Police arrested the Jets offensive lineman in January and charged him with driving while suspended, careless driving, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance after they found “a small amount” of… »8/21/15 11:17am8/21/15 11:17am

Tom Brady Looks Like He's Melting In His Courtroom Sketch

Judge Richard Berman held a hearing in New York Federal Court today for Tom Brady’s civil case against Roger Goodell and the NFL, and Berman did his best to move the process along as both sides’ legal teams took shots at each other, but the best part of the whole event was the courtroom sketch of Brady, in which he… »8/12/15 2:14pm8/12/15 2:14pm

Roger Goodell On Why NFL Didn't Correct ESPN's Ballghazi Report: Uhhh

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell held a press conference in Chicago today to announce the 2016 NFL Draft’s return to the city, and while he was taking questions, the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin took the chance to ask why the league didn’t correct Chris Mortensen’s “11 of 12 footballs” report when Ted Wells’s investigation… »8/11/15 6:03pm8/11/15 6:03pm