Every generation has its own collective character, its likes and dislikes, its passions and indifferences. While baseball was tops in my dad's day and football in mine, many youth today are embracing soccer as the new "in" sport.
Why not take the incredible brand you have built, the media might that you command, and the economic muscle that you generate and commit the NFL to being a force for positive social change?
Its seems that the defensive end of the Houston Texans, JJ Watt, can do it all this season. Not only is he a feared one-man wrecking crew on the defensive front, but he's even making an impact on the other side of the ball.
Back in 1975, the Federal Communications Commission put a rule in place that says cable companies can't carry games that have been blacked out locally, and that rule was eventually extended to satellite TV providers as well.
September is usually a time in American sports when devoted sports fans are treated to both baseball pennant races and the start of the NFL season. Traditionally, it's a time when stars are born and veterans build their legacies.
As it stands, the Redskins' 1-3 start isn't even the most painful part of their 2014 season. Instead, the team has been dog-piled by bad publicity even before the season began. Embracing the story of the Hominy Indians could be the perfect solution.
When we're kicking back at a football game, many of us reach for one thing: beer.
Unfortunately, a day of overeating is typically followed by setbacks such as fatigue, headaches, and lack of energy. This can be attributed to processed foods and beverages that contain high amounts of sugar and sodium.
By learning about the science of childhood adversity, and following the lead of many other organizations that are becoming trauma-informed, the NFL could have players whose families are happier and healthier, it could have better players.
The NFL has put the final touches on a new drug policy. This new policy, which is the first major update since the last policy in 2010, is between the NFL Players Association and the NFL. The significant changes are with regard to HGH (Human Growth Hormone) testing and marijuana use.
The NFL's latest challenge with transparency is nothing new, particularly when it comes to women and women's causes. I have fought for full disclosure from the NFL and its charitable activities for several years, most specifically from its Crucial Catch program they claim supports breast cancer organizations.
By suspending Mr. Simmons, ESPN has demonstrated that, like the NFL, it too places a higher priority on profits than on sending a proper message about domestic violence and in essence condones the shielding of domestic violence perpetrators.
Amidst the unrelenting furor surrounding the NFL and domestic violence the past three weeks, a critically important story concerning football, and all collision sports slipped by virtually unnoticed.
When it comes to crafting an effective solution to a problem that most assuredly sits squarely within our lived reality, as Black women, we somehow find ourselves still pushed aside and overtly confined to a narrow space of irrelevancy. Even when it's our voices that remain necessary to make it right. No more.
Is this too much to ask for?
Sexism. A culture of violence. Untrustworthy leadership. Runaway wealth inequality. An indifference to workers' health. Employees who are above the law. Hush-hush financing. Multimillion-dollar tax breaks. We're not talking about America's top corporations. We're talking about the NFL.