Offering perspective on today's issues
For an organization that prides itself on rules and regulations, the National Football League continues to violate the basic tenets of managing a crisis, now drawing outrage from some of the very fans it is trying to court.
This column was supposed to be a follow-up to last week's regarding mental health issues among collegiate athletes. However, recent events sometimes have a way of taking over one's best laid plans.
What do these three things have in common: boxing, nausea and contusion? Had this article no headline, this might prove to be a riddle of great merit. However, all three of these have some connection to minor traumatic brain injury, more commonly known as a concussion.
With apologies to Andy Williams, where do I begin?
MINNEAPOLIS | The Vikings are embroiled in a fight for a new stadium that may jeopardize the franchise's 51-year tenure in Minnesota.
NEW YORK | With yet another deadline approaching, NFL players and owners still are debating drug testing, benefits and the player conduct policy disciplinary process as they work to complete the collective bargaining agreement.
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. | The NFL canceled its Hall of Fame game between St. Louis and Chicago on Thursday despite owners voting in favor of a tentative deal to end the lockout, pending player approval.
SARASOTA, Fla. | NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union chief DeMaurice Smith took questions Wednesday at a symposium for NFL rookies, who wanted to know the same thing as everyone else unhappy about the league's labor dispute.
If the NFL's labor dispute pushes Super Bowl XLVI past Feb. 12, 2012, the league and the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee will have to go back to the drawing board.
MINNEAPOLIS | NFL players urged a federal judge Wednesday to deny the league's request to essentially restore the lockout, saying their careers were at stake. Commissioner Roger Goodell, meanwhile, said owners were preparing for every contingency.
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. | NFL players and their leadership tried to make a few things perfectly clear Friday:
WASHINGTON | Welcome to The NFL Lockout.
WASHINGTON | With five days left until their latest deadline for a new labor deal, the NFL and the players' union resumed negotiations before a federal mediator on Monday.
WASHINGTON | NFL owners ended their special labor meeting Wednesday night without taking any action, just 30 hours before the collective bargaining agreement with the players expires.
INDIANAPOLIS | NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league's top labor negotiator used this week's annual scouting combine to update owners on the collective bargaining negotiations.
WASHINGTON | Both sides in the NFL's labor talks are trying to spread the word by putting their positions in writing, and everyone's getting in on the act -- from Hall of Fame players Jack Youngblood and Bruce Smith, to Commissioner Roger Goodell, to mayors of league cities.
WASHINGTON | Negotiations to prevent an NFL lockout took a grim turn Thursday with the cancellation of the second day of a planned two-day bargaining session.
DALLAS | The NFL and its players' union met for two hours Saturday to talk about a new labor deal, their first formal bargaining session in more than two months.
DALLAS | Jerry Jones has long looked forward to Super Bowl week, to the glitz and glitter sure to come with hosting the NFL's biggest and most-watched event in his showcase $1.2 billion stadium.
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