January 30, 2015

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged that the league has had a tough year at a news conference Friday, The Boston Globe reports. "It's been a year of humility and learning," he said.

This season has seen domestic abuse controversies involving Ray Rice hitting his now-wife, Janae Rice, and Adrian Peterson hitting his child. There's been considerable talk about the Washington Redskins' name, which many consider a racial slur. Medical concerns over players withstanding multiple concussions and, later in life, brain trauma, have grown. And most recently, the New England Patriots are under investigation for cheating for allegedly deflating footballs to gain an advantage to get into the Super Bowl.

On Deflategate, Goodell has no answers yet, though he did indicate the balls were tested at halftime of the AFC Championship matchup versus the Indianapolis Colts. "We will not compromise the investigation by engaging in speculation."

The commissioner also announced he's installing a chief medical officer in the league. Julie Kliegman

December 18, 2014

The Washington Redskins is not an indecent name, the FCC ruled Thursday. For the agency to ban profanity on the radio, it must be deemed sexual or excretory, Politico reports.

George Washington University professor John Banzhaf had petitioned the agency to deny renewal of football team owner Daniel Snyder's radio station due to repeated use of "Redskins."

Washington's name, which many consider a racial slur directed at Native Americans, has been under fire a lot this year, with politicians and activists pushing Snyder for a change. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler himself has called the name "offensive and derogatory" in the past. Julie Kliegman

September 26, 2014

Given the immense scrutiny currently aimed at the Washington Redskins — who were brutally satirized on both South Park and The Daily Show this week alone — you'd think owner Dan Snyder would be on his best behavior.

But despite a dismal 1-3 record and a long history of decisions that have alienated fans, the Redskins have crossed yet another line with their latest PR snafu: expired beer. During last night's 45-14 loss to the New York Giants, the Redskins served a World Cup-themed Bud Light that was "past its freshness date" by at least three months:

The Washington Post reports that the expired World Cup-branded beers have been served at FedEx Stadium since Washington's home opener on September 14. The Redskins have a history with these kinds of cost-cutting measures; in 2006, the team was dinged for selling peanuts acquired from an airline that had gone bankrupt a year earlier. Scott Meslow

August 19, 2014

As the most-watched TV event every year, the Super Bowl is the best — if most expensive — advertising opportunity on air. Realizing that it had not yet monetized every single aspect of the game, the NFL reportedly asked musicians interested in playing the 2015 Super Bowl if they would give the league a cut of their post-Bowl income in exchange for landing the gig, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The NFL has narrowed down the list of potential performers for the 2015 Super Bowl to three candidates: Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Coldplay, these people said. While notifying the artists' camps of their candidacy, league representatives also asked at least some of the acts if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig. [Wall Street Journal]

The NFL hauls in around $9 billion annually in revenue. That said, if the reported list of candidates for the halftime show is legit, then I'm with the NFL on this one: You'd have to pay me to watch Coldplay perform, too. Jon Terbush

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