When the NCAA claims that more than 90 cents of every dollar the organization generates goes to schools to support college athletes, where does that support actually go? Crunching the numbers just leads to more confusion -- and hypocrisy. More»
With All-America defensive lineman Michael Sam poised to become the first openly gay professional football player, the National Football League has questions. Fortunately, we have answers. Presenting the first-ever Sports on Earth NFL advice column: More»
Contrary to what seems to be popular belief -- just Google "NCAA athletes free education" -- there is absolutely nothing free about a college athletic scholarship, which is why a group of Northwestern football players are fighting for unionization. More»
Marijuana is on the NFL's list of banned substances. But, last week, league commissioner Goodell said the NFL would consider allowing athletes to use marijuana to treat concussions and other head injuries if medical experts deemed it a legitimate solution. What's the hold up? More»
A group of Northwestern football players led by Kain Colter is asking to be represented by a union, something that could fundamentally alter the power dynamics of big-time college sports. Can this necessary fight be successful? More»
Imagine you're in the market for a used car and you ask for a vehicle history report, and the salesperson says, "You can have it when we close the sale. But trust me, the car runs great!" That basically describes the NFL's proposed concussion settlement. More»
A preliminary motion to approve the NFL's $765 million concussion settlement was denied on Tuesday, confirming that the price is still not right. What does the denial mean? Here are five thoughts on what happened and what's ahead. More»
Esquire's "What I've Learned" interview series continues with this frank, wide ranging conversation with a testosterone molecule. "Everyone focuses on the tests you flunked. But what about the millions more that you passed?" More»
Earlier this week, lawyers for the NFL and former players suing the league over allegations that it covered up the risks of concussions while playing football filed details of the $765 million settlement in court. But the plaintiffs deserved a better bargain. Here's why. More»
Jay Gruden is no doubt thrilled to be an NFL head coach, though he shouldn't be blind to what he's walking into in Washington. Few other franchises in sports have suffered through as much turmoil over the last decade, and Daniel Snyder looms over everything. More»
It's official: former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will be the next coach of the Washington Redskins. What, exactly, is he getting himself into? Take our quiz and find out. More»
Earlier this week, the mother of former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the team. What does the suit mean for the National Football League, and how does it fit into football's ongoing concussion crisis? More»
On Thursday, Selena Roberts listed her 13 best longform sports stories for 2013. Here we'll offer an additional seven, to round out the list to 20. We've got a mini-profile of Richard Simmons and a revisit to the "Battle of the Sexes" matchup, to name a few. More»
An overdue judicial smackdown, a flip-flopping expert witness and (of course) more empty blather from the rich men who call the shots. Welcome back to the Laboratories of Hypocrisy, our semi-regular roundup of the sheer absurdity of collegiate amateur sports. More»
Chicago Sun-Times writer Rick Telander joins the podcast to discuss his 1989 book "The Hundred Yard Lie," a classic critique of hypocrisy, greed, violence, mismanagement, fraud and moral bankruptcy in big-time college football. A quarter-century later and as the current season comes to an end, has anything really changed? More»
Rick Telander's 1989 book "The Hundred Yard Lie" was a scathing indictment of college football that continues to be relevant today as a worthy read in an era of big money and big scandal. Has anything really changed? Not as much as you might expect. More»
Tanking, or throwing an entire season to get a better draft pick, does not sit well with many people. Some insiders, however, don't view the practice as a capitulation, but rather a viable strategy that can pay large dividends in the future. More»
Fantasy football is a multibillion-dollar industry, but to get to its real origins, you have to go to Oakland, circa 1962, and care about a third-rate team in a second-class league. You have to start with GOPPPL, the very first fantasy football league -- ever. More»
On Monday, ten former National Hockey League players filed a class action concussion lawsuit against the league. For those who have been following the NFL's legal issues, this may sound familiar -- but there are some stark differences between the cases. More»
Mountains of evidence continue to pile up about the danger that tackle football presents for children, and that places parents in a difficult situation. Should they protect their kids, or should they let them play the sport they love? There's still no right answer. More»
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