Goodell's challenge, like Giamatti's, is to protect his league while also protecting the sacred trust of his fans. Thus far, he has not shown he's been able to do that.
Word came to Florida State University fans that Jameis Winston did something else to embarrass the school. So therefore, I applaud FSU for suspending Winston for half of one of the most critical games of the season, even if it costs us the game against Clemson.
Professional sports have been given a zone of immunity from the normal social, political and economic constraints that apply to the rest of us. Players and owners live in a sanctuary of a kind that the Hunchback of Notre Dame would understand. Enter these premises and the law doesn't apply. No more.
It's not often that a team 30 games under .500 will be among the best offensive clubs in baseball, but the 2014 Colorado Rockies have been.
DeMarco Murray leads the NFL in rushing yards through two games and is projected to top 1,750 yards rushing if he makes 16 starts this year. For perspective, no other player is projected to exceed 1,500 yards rushing.
Institutionalized racism is so deeply embedded in the fabric of our everyday lives that it can rear its ugly head anywhere from an Economist book review that whitesplains slavery to the front offices of the Atlanta Hawks.
Taking a switch to a 4-year-old in today's world, or in the world of the recent or distant past, is simply a form of abusive, fear-based punishment meant to inflict pain. It in no way teaches or guides.
This week, we feature a cross-divisional matchup in the SEC that could have major college football playoff ramifications, especially if the game is as competitive as we anticipate throughout.
The goal of the NFL policy should be to stop violence against women -- not to punish perpetrators to turn down the heat when a high-profile case causes a public relations nightmare.
All leaders at some point in their career are faced with a sword they must either pick up and use to continue the great fight, or instead, recognize their reign is over, smile, give thanks for the opportunity of service, and fearlessly succumb for the greater good.
In my post-active career as an officiating supervisor and trainer, I have absolutely seen officials whom I can instantly tell are letting fear control them rather than confronting that fear by letting the game take shape and calling it accordingly.
The NFL has not even begun to systematically examine holistically whether the on-field behaviors they champion translate into off-field recklessness. If NFL leadership fails to make that connection and render changes to the sport's culture of violence, then the banner of flag football may get the call to save the league even sooner than I once predicted.
What started as a sprained ankle back in April for Texas Ranger Shin-Soo Choo, has now progressed into surgery to repair/remove "torn ankle cartilage."
Some of the effects of this on the NFL will be obvious: players can improve their performance, coaches will change game plans, owners will sell new products and services, and fanatical fans will be more engaged. But these just scratch the surface.
Baseball is America's homegrown version of Zen Buddhism. Good day? Fine, but don't get cocky. Lousy day? Fine, too, but do better tomorrow. You win some, you lose some; some get rained out. All fine.
Coaches, scouts, GMs and fantasy baseball players are quickly changing their strategies to incorporate more player and team stats. Everyone is talking about it, everyone is embracing it, and everyone has seen the movie, Moneyball.
Over the last five years, the average price for games on the Cowboys schedule on the secondary market has risen by 57 percent, which is good for the fifth highest increase over that period. But why?