“The Super Bowl has changed since we were last in it,” the late Dan Rooney told the Pittsburgh writer Jim O’Brien in January 1996, in the run-up to Super Bowl 30. “It has gotten a lot bigger. There’s more hype. To be quite honest with you, it is more Jerry Jones.”
Credit where it’s due: 49ers owner Jed York has been relatively conscientious and forthright on the subject of the racial and social-justice issues at the heart of the NFL player protests. But York is still an NFL owner, and the NFL is still a business. Winning football games? A negotiable priority, apparently.
NFL owners like to project solidarity, even if it doesn’t exist. It’s better for their product and their PR if they present a united front in matters of league import, rather than a group of factious, occasionally squabbling mega-wealthy looking out for themselves and trying to out-earn each other in a sport set up to…
After our editorial urging NFL players to form a union ran yesterday, we received the below reply from NFLPA Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs George Atallah.
Broncos majority owner Pat Bowlen will stand aside from running the team, the Broncos announced today, publicly acknowledging what most have known for a while: he is deep into the serious stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Judy Battista of The New York Times has the most complete rundown of the negotiations that got the referees back on the field last night, and it becomes clear that the Packers-Seahawks debacle didn't get the deal done, but it did get it done faster.