Are the people behind these PR blunders stupid? Probably not. But they are rushed, thoughtless and possibly clueless as well. We would like to assume that such insensitivity is unintentional, although heartless intent to gain attraction is always a remote (we hope) possibility.
It's only appropriate that we'd end the year with the Bitcoin Bowl. And it's quintessentially American to celebrate a new and disruptive technology with a televised sporting event from a massive, air conditioned arena in the subtropics.
All three current topics that have placed the National Football League at the center stage of social debate in the United States -- violence against women (Ray Rice incident); abuse of children (Adrian Peterson incident); and concussions -- furnish yet further manifestation of the growing presence of what I have termed the "discourse of compassion" that has altered what is morally acceptable behavior in the United States.
The avalanche of stories related to the misdeeds of athletes tend to focus on one actor: the player.
"The fact that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way our society treats women is a proposition on which there is now general agreement," Yale Law School military justice expert Eugene R. Fidell recently told the New York Times. That's huge.
For humans to flourish, we must grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. Through a myriad of educational and cultural opportunities, the avenues for self-growth and societal contribution seem endless. Why then does a sports entertainment culture that seems mindless dominate so much of the average American's time and commitment?
During this last week, emotions ran high for high school seniors. Many couldn't focus on critically important final exams or projects, because they were awaiting college admissions decisions as dozens of colleges across America released early decision or early action notifications.
In response to the National Football League's (NFL) recently released revamped Personal Conduct Policy for players and other employees that was ratifi...
I met Thierry Henry very early on, 20 years ago, when I was the manager for the under-17 French team. Back then, three things struck me about him: first, his extraordinary talent, his drive coupled with an incredible passion for football, and finally his personality. It was these three factors and all the hard work he put in that led him to the career we know.
The "Johnny Manziel Show" debuted Sunday with more promotion and hoopla than successful veteran quarterbacks generally experience. The Cleveland-Cincinnati game went national -- and Manziel had a horrific afternoon.
The next group of prospective NFL Draft prospects and veteran free agents will be the most heavily scrutinized athletes ever. Character and personal issues will take on a foremost role in making draft decisions.
I wondered why pro athletes have not responded with the same outrage to the racial bias and negative stereotypes that have infected their sport.
The answer is unknown, but the question looms large, and it is currently multiple choice. Who will quarterback Chip Kelly's offense in 2015? Whether or not the answer turns out to be an elite one may very well dictate how long, and how far, the Chip Kelly Era goes.
The NFL's updated conduct policy is by no means a cure-all. But it is a step in the right direction. It clearly articulates consequences. It shows support for and provides resources to survivors.
However, while it's easy to lament to the failings of our sports fandoms in 2014, there's no denying that there was also a lot of good to come from the past year.
How does one do justice to a feat that still seems unimaginable, despite the cold fact of it staring us in the face? That is exactly what Amy Lawrence attempts in her book, Invincible: Inside Arsenal's Unbeaten 2003-2004 Season.