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REPORT: Arizona anti-gay law has NFL thinking of moving Super Bowl to Tampa Bay

The prospect of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signing into effect an anti-LGBT law has the National Football League exploring its options for moving the Super Bowl out of the state, Sports Illustrated reported on Wednesday, citing an anonymous league source. “It’d be incredibly logistically challenging to pull it off…

NFL commissioner says injured players might someday be allowed to use medical marijuana

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he could envision injured players using legal medical marijuana at some point. In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN.com, Goodell said he would be open to players using the drug to treat injuries in states where it was legal. “I don’t know what’s going to develop…

NFL concussion deniers see a ‘liberal sports media’ conspiracy

Akbar Gbajabiamila, a former defensive end for three NFL teams, described his first concussion, suffered in just his fourth pro game, as feeling like “someone hitting you over the head as hard as possible with a cast-iron frying pan.” Everything…  …

NFL players are not allowed to smoke marijuana, but one group hopes to change that

It’s not often that people feel sorry for NFL players. With even the lowest-paid rookies earning hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, they live a life that most fans could only dream of. But in the states of Colorado and Washington, the general public enjoy at least one privilege…

NFL, 4,500 players reach $765 million settlement in lawsuits that claim league hid concussion risks

NFL, retired players reach settlement on concussion lawsuits (via SB Nation) By Jeff Gray on Aug 29 2013, 1:33p + The league and some 4,500 players have reached a $765 million agreement. The NFL has reached a $765 million settlement with more than 4,500 former players who brought suit against the…

Analysis: ‘Pay for pain’ scandal could end up in courts

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A scandal in which U.S. football players got rewarded for injuring opponents could have legal consequences, with prosecutors, players and even fans getting in on the judicial action. By Sunday morning, four National Football League teams were linked to a “pay for pain” scandal that came…

Madonna slams M.I.A’s Super Bowl finger gesture

(Reuters) – Madonna has slammed British rapper M.I.A.’s offensive finger gesture during her Super Bowl show as juvenile, negative and out of place. Speaking on Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM on Friday, Madonna said she had no idea M.I.A. made the gesture after joining the pop superstar on stage during…

NFL commissioner pushes for HGH tests

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says progress has been made in reaching a deal with the players union that would allow for human-growth hormone testing of all players to begin. Speaking two days before the New York Giants and New England Patriots meet in Sunday’s Super Bowl 46, Goodell said a…

Union workers stage protest march to Super Bowl site

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — While Super Bowl players prepared for Sunday’s NFL title showdown, protesting workers marched on the host stadium after a vote Wednesday by Indiana lawmakers to weaken union power in the state. With thousands of protesters in and around the Statehouse in the shadow of the NFL host…

No major Super Bowl threats, says Homeland Security

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — No major threats have been made against Sunday’s Super Bowl 46, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday even as authorities noted record safety technology advances. “We’re probably the most technologically protected Super Bowl we have ever had,” said Frank Straub, director of public safety for…

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