Although the NFL has done a horrific job in crisis management throughout the year, the brand is still thriving. History shows that airing dirty laundry is not likely to affect the business of a professional sport, and the NFL is the latest example.
The very rules set in place to protect the league, its teams and its owners came back to bite the Patriots, but don't expect Robert Kraft to lead the charge in the overturning of the Commissioner's complete authority in these matters.
Everyone has heard about the "Deflategate" situation ad nauseum. Punishment has been laid down, splitting the fans of the sport, Patriots fans vs. everyone else. In response to the fine levied to the Patriots, a fan started a "Go Fund Me" campaign to pay the team's $1 million bill.
this lawyer-speak got me thinking about how we might be able to leverage the phrase at work should we ever find ourselves in a pickle. Here are situations in which we can make our workplace worries disappear by saying, "More probable than not."
We all know the ruling: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the Adonis of the NFL, has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season. The tactical reality is complicated and dependent upon Brady's strategic options, which include the following.
As laughable as these sanctions are -- and they are laughable, considering even the NFL admits "DeflateGate" had no impact on the outcome of the AFC Championship game -- what's even more ridiculous is the clueless nature with which the NFL hands down these sanctions.
The Wells report said that Brady answered questions from investigators over the course of one day, however, he did not turn over personal information such as texts and emails, and that he was not totally forthcoming about the incident.
The Patriots are going to accept their punishments, and Brady is expected to appeal. But was it enough? Some of it was unprecedented, like the seven-figure fine. But the rest of it was not enough, and could have gone a lot further.
Take away Deflategate, and Tom Brady finds himself in the conversation for greatest quarterback of all time. Of course, if you take away the steroid controversy, Barry Bonds is your unquestioned home run king, and Alex Rodriguez would likely be on his way to catching him.
To restore its image, the Patriots need to be forthcoming with proof to support its case. Without it, doubts will linger, and their image will suffer - especially outside of their fan base.
There is a new road being paved from Park Avenue in New York to Foxboro, Massachusetts. It might be cheap asphalt or it might be everlasting cobblestone. Only one thing is for sure, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the foreman on the job.
A champion is someone who surpasses all rivals or fights for a cause on behalf of another. NFL Safety Jordan Kovacs, who is the poster boy for "Make your dreams come true" is an example of the former.
The real problem lies in the fact that not only have people criticized this young man for his mistakes made during his development period as a person, not as a quarterback, but they have taken shots at him for trying to better himself.
High-profile cases and serious accusations make headlines. The best way we, as a global community, can stand up for victims and show that sexual assault, rape and dating abuse are not tolerable is by preventing it in the first place.
The controversy surrounding the Washington football team name is in some ways a bellwether. Americans do not know enough about our shared history even to be properly offended at the lack of an inclusive narrative that illuminates the history of this continent in all of its complexity.
The overall impression is that the franchise is now in the hands of football savvy, mature, grownups. There are no signs of former GM John Idzik's catastrophic draft cluelessness. By all accounts, the NY Jets had a great draft this year that was universally praised.