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In Depth
September 20th, 2014

A Crisis Management Expert Reviews The NFL

The NFL’s recent domestic violence scandals have created a public relations nightmare for the league. Gene Grabowski of the communications firm Levick says Roger Goodell’s press conference on Friday made things worse. Grabowski joins Bill Littlefield to discuss what the NFL needs to do to address the ongoing controversy.

Only A Blog
September 17th, 2014
By Martin Kessler

In Reversal, Vikings Will Keep Peterson Off The Field

After fans and sponsors expressed frustration about the possibility of Adrian Peterson returning to the field, the Minnesota Vikings’ owners reversed course Wednesday. The team has announced Peterson will not play until his child abuse case is resolved.

Only A Blog
September 16th, 2014

Ray Rice Fallout Continues As Rihanna, NOW Slam NFL

The NFL has hired new staff members to oversee the league’s domestic violence program. The National Organization for Women says that’s not enough. And in more fallout from the Ray Rice saga, pop star Rihanna and TV network CBS ended up in a feud.

Only A Blog
September 15th, 2014
By Martin Kessler

Despite Abuse Scandals, NFL TV Ratings Rise

A week of news about the ongoing Ray Rice saga had some observers wondering if the NFL brand would take a hit. But the TV ratings for one of the league’s showcase, prime-time slots were even higher than last year.

In Depth
September 13th, 2014

FCC Decision Looms On NFL’s TV Blackout Rule

The NFL ‘blackout’ rule prevents games that haven’t been sold out from appearing on local television. But, an upcoming vote by the FCC could change how the league controls its product. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

In Depth
September 6th, 2014
By David Sommerstein

Remembering Kutsher’s, Where Pro Athletes, Vacationers Mingled

Only at Kutsher’s resort could you find Wilt Chamberlain working as a bellhop, Muhammad Ali training and Mickey Mantle dining with guests. With Kutsher’s demolition underway, David Sommerstein looks back at the iconic hotel.

Interview
September 6th, 2014

From The NFL To The Arts: Ex-Steelers Open Studio

Two former Pittsburgh Steelers have found a new line of work. Baron Batch and John Malecki are co-founders of Studio A.M. in Pittsburgh, where art meets custom furniture meets Angry Man Salsa. The artists joined Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
August 30th, 2014

Jermaine Jones And The Bizarre Rules Of MLS

In a highly-criticized move, a blind draw determined whether the U.S. national team’s Jermaine Jones ended up with the Chicago Fire or the New England Revolution. Bill Littlefield looks at the oddities of the MLS “designated player” rule.

In Depth
August 23rd, 2014
By Ian Mount

Inequality, Debt Hold Spanish Soccer Back

In Spain’s top soccer league, TV money isn’t split equally. That’s pushed smaller-market teams to spend more to keep up, creating an economic crisis that’s trickled down to the lower leagues. Ian Mount has more from Barcelona.

Only A Blog
August 15th, 2014

A Cap Of A Yankee In Queen Elizabeth’s Court

Only A Game’s Doug Tribou traveled to Scotland for the Commonwealth Games, but he couldn’t totally escape American pro sports teams.

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