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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center West on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

Goodell, Owners Issue Tone-Deaf Responses To Congressional Report

Since the Congressional report issued two days ago on whether or not the NFL inappropriately attempted to intervene in concussion research conducted through the National Institutes of Health, the league’s response has largely been fairly insubstantial, particularly if you compare it to their aggressive and rapid reactions to other accounts…


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NFLPA Fires Back At League In Harrison Drug Test Case

Just when you thought the incident of James Harrison being unable to film his PED test was over, the union has fired right back at the league. To recap: earlier this week, Harrison was subject to a random drug test at his home. Harrison, as he had done at least…



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NFLPA Expects 2016 Salary Cap To Be At Least $153 Million

As expected, the NFL salary cap will be going up once again in 2016. During his annual talk with the media on Thursday, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said he “conservatively” expects the recent trend of $10 million per-team increases to the salary cap to continue in 2016. NFLPA's DeMaurice…


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Retired Players Also Coming After NFLPA Over Concussions

The NFL has faced a number of lawsuits over the years from retired players for various reasons, primarily pertaining to matters concerning concussions and the league’s responsibility for their employees’ long-term health. Recently, a settlement agreement was reached and at long last given preliminary approval, which uncaps the funds that…


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Report: NFL Owners Table Playoff Expansion Talks Until Fall

It’s only a matter of time before the league adds two more teams to the playoffs, but it’s looking like that time will be in 2015, not 2014. According to Jim Corbett of USA Today Sports, NFL owners have decided to table any further discussion of playoff expansion until their fall meetings. Gary…


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NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith Supports Fight Of Student Athletes

The labor conversation surrounding college athletes is understandably a touchy subject for many people, a large percentage of whom choose to stay on the sidelines, rather than getting personally involved and throwing in their own voice. NFL Players Association president DeMaurice Smith elected not to be one of those individuals,…



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NFL Clubs Vote To Approve Comprehensive Agreement

OK, here is the outline of how things will go down pending the players voting to ratify the agreement. The Hall of Fame game has been cancelled. It also looks like the personal conduct policy will remain in full effect, but it looks like players will not be punished for…





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Steelers Six From Around The Web – Monday June 22nd

The Old Spice Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp will open today for a half-day session with the camp running through Wednesday at Mars Area High School Steelers running back Carey Davis threw out the first pitch of the State College Spikes Sunday game and also signed autographs for the fans. Davis…