The “interest of compromise” is now the “interest of justice.” Meanwhile, there is some additional interesting language about the “nature of the conduct involved” and “unique factors present in the situation.” This sounds impressive, but doesn’t quite fit the facts at hand. There’s nothing out of the ordinary about the “conduct involved”—domestic abuse happens every day in America. There don’t seem to be any “unique factors” other than the NFL being, well, the NFL. The question about if these are public records—a document so important the public has a right to see it—is not only removed but flat-out refuted. By the terms of this agreement, everyone involved stipulates that these “are not public records,” meaning that you and I have no right to see them. But, curiously, the NFL—according to both the NFL and Mecklenburg County prosecutors—does. … [Read more...] about How The NFL Convinced Prosecutors To Give Them (And No One Else) The Greg Hardy Photos
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When I worked there, the NFL Media newsroom had very little institutional memory. There was no way it could have, in retrospect—a significant chunk of the newsroom, which gathered information for online as well as TV, was comprised of seasonal staffers with no benefits. You worked during the season, and disappeared during the offseason. When the NFL returned, you either said sure to coming back or declined. Some people did this for years, and others were one and done. The core of the institutional memory—the top of the org chart, the people with big salaries, benefits, and their own offices—was dominated by men like vice president and executive editor David Eaton. They stayed, while the rest of us rotated in and out. I was one of the lucky ones; somehow, my various bosses got me approved for several extensions until, finally, they ran out and I had to disappear for a while. Nobody in upper management ever explicitly told me what happened if I overstayed, but the … [Read more...] about You Survived At NFL Network By Staying Silent
Mostly, they do it for Sundays. “The gameday experience—that’s what keeps people coming back,” says the former cheerleader, who even now gets wistful thinking about those moments on the sideline before kickoff, watching players hype themselves up, looking down the tunnel and seeing Ray Lewis doing his trademark dance. There’s nothing quite like it. It is a view of the nation’s most popular game from right there on the field, and with a good team like the Ravens, there’s even a chance of going to the Super Bowl, like last year. That must’ve been an exciting moment for the cheerleaders, especially after the 18-hour bus ride to New Orleans. … [Read more...] about NFL Cheerleading Is A Scam: A Former Ravens Cheerleader Tells All
Michael Thomas, WR, Saints Thomas had the most leverage of the four holdouts still on their rookie deals. He and Antonio Brown are the only receivers in the league to post at least 90 catches, 1,100 receiving yards, and five receiving TDs during each of the last three seasons. The Saints’ offense was second in DVOA last season, and third in passing DVOA; Thomas led the NFL with 125 catches, and no other receiver on the Saints’ roster had more than 28 (though RB Alvin Kamara did have 81). Thomas was also among the most efficient wideouts in the league, with Football Outsiders ranking him third in DYAR. As a second-round pick entering his fourth season, Thomas was due to earn just $1.1 million this year. He reportedly wanted to top Beckham’s league-best $18 million AAV, if not also to get to $20 million per year—just as he did. But before the deal was finalized, the Saints showed their hand: Last week, GM Mickey Loomis publicly referred to Thomas’s absence … [Read more...] about Which Of The NFL’s Five Holdouts Has The Most Leverage?
I think it was slowly uncovering the layers of it and realizing that a lot of their labor is intangible in some ways. You think about the word cheerleader outside the context of football, where you’re seeing maybe your friend or your mentor is your cheerleader, they help you, they cheer you on. And that’s part of what the cheerleaders job is, to cheer on the team and maintain this positivity and enthusiasm even in the face of defeat. That mentality of positivity is something everybody actually needs in their life. … [Read more...] about The NFL’s Undervalued And Underpaid Cheerleaders Get a Spotlight in
Following the workout, Veasy was in talks with the Cleveland Browns nine days later but was unable to secure a contract. However, earlier this week, after nearly a month of radio silence, Washington offered him a roster spot on their practice squad—based solely on the talent he demonstrated at Kap’s workout. … [Read more...] about Wide Receiver Jordan Veasy Signs with the Washington Redskins After Participating in Colin Kaepernick’s Workout