The NFL Now Wants $15.1 Million From M.I.A., Because The NFL Is Crazy

It was pretty goddamn ridiculous—for reasons explained here and here—when the NFL decided that it was going to sue M.I.A. for flipping the bird during her Super Bowl halftime performance, but according to new documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the league's suit against M.I.A. has now gone from silly to… » 3/17/14 6:22pm 3/17/14 6:22pm

Non-Profit Executive Roger Goodell Made $29.5M In 2012

The National Football League, as everyone knows, is a not-for-profit charity, the chief purpose of which is to promote the growth of the sport of football. Sure, it rakes in hundreds of millions of tax-exempt dollars annually, and pays its executives tens of millions, but why not? Who can quibble with its sterling… » 1/22/14 2:57pm 1/22/14 2:57pm

How Roger Goodell And ESPN Use Each Other

The NFL Network may not be the monolith the league once envisioned, but Roger Goodell likes having it around for what it forces others to do, particularly ESPN. Goodell alluded to this on Monday while speaking to Hearst employees—Hearst owns 20 percent of ESPN—during the media company's regularly held "master classes"… » 10/01/13 11:40am 10/01/13 11:40am

The Helmet Con: How To Make A Buck Off The Concussion Crisis

"It helps with the ringing in my ears." James Harrison was on the phone, explaining that he collided with other human beings with such ferocity that his ears would ring for hours after games. He was worried about this. » 8/21/13 2:00pm 8/21/13 2:00pm

Roger Goodell Is The NFL Owners' Best Publicist

Seven employees of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's company, Pilot Flying J, have already pleaded guilty in a rebate-fraud scheme that's being investigated by the FBI. Some have told the feds that senior executives were aware of what was going on, and Pilot Flying J recently reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with… » 8/02/13 10:46am 8/02/13 10:46am

Tom Coburn Wants To Revoke Sports Leagues' Tax-Exempt Charity Status

Last week Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma introduced an amendment to a bill called the Marketplace Fairness Act (the so-called "Internet tax") that would revoke the tax-exempt status of sports leagues. This is the news, and Think Progress has covered it nicely here. Also news, to most people: Sports leagues are … » 4/27/13 9:44pm 4/27/13 9:44pm

Who Hugged The NFL Commissioner Longest At Last Night's Draft?

We don't know if, as a child, Roger Goodell dreamed of one day being best known for embracing enormous men and then, later, taking money from them. The Draft Day Hug Era is at its peak, and like last year, we decided to find out who hugged the NFL commissioner longest. » 4/26/13 1:30pm 4/26/13 1:30pm