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Give Goodell a Raise - Yes, Really

Samuel Chi, Out In Right Field

Women Enlisted for NFL's Ground Game

Eric Adelson, Yahoo Sports

NFL Is the Country's Great Uniter

Dante Chinni, Wall Street Journal

NFL Behaves Badly Because It Can

Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times

Roger Goodell shouldn't be fired or forced to resign. He should get a raise. I mean that seriously and sincerely. The embattled NFL commissioner makes north of $40 million a year...(full article)

Good luck, Lisa Friel. Amid the maelstrom of a crisis spinning out of control, commissioner Roger Goodell turned to the former New York sex crimes prosecutor as a conduct czar â€...(full article)

The political splits running through the electorate run deep – even through sports interests as we noted last week – but the suddenly beleaguered National Football Leag...(full article)

There are a million reasons the NFL needs to clean up its arrogant and callous act. But there are 22.2 million reasons it will never happen. That is the number of viewers who wat...(full article)

The challenge of interviewing Peyton Manning is coming up with something new to ask. He might be the most interviewed athlete of this generation. Over the past few years, I’ve ...(full article)

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Goodell Must Stand Up for What's Right

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NFL Should Follow Davis' Lead

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For NFL, Money Trumps Image

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Thrown at or Not, Sherman Man in Middle

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Goodell AWOL on Biggest NFL Crises

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When you consider some of the contracts recently signed by quarterbacks across the NFL -- including Tony Romo (six years, $108 million), Joe Flacco (six years, $120.6 million) and ...

In a Way, NFL Getting What It Wanted

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Raiders' Woes Are GM's, Not Coach's

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Vikings Are Gutless and Greedy

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Rice Bad, But Peterson Barbaric

Adrian Peterson is out of line and out of touch. Having beaten his 4-year-old son bloody, wielding a stick because a spanking just wouldn't do, the repugnant running back of the ...

Browns Fans Always Enjoy the Journey

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Out of College But Still Relying on Profs

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FSU Half-Right to Suspend Winston

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Why Minnesota Should Release Peterson

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Sports Journalists' Infinite Hypocrisy

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Drop the Rage: Peterson No Abuser

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Even NFL Lapdogs Start to Claw at Goodell

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NFL to Kids: Citizenship Doesn't Count

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Respect Not of Value in NFL

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Strength Is Not the Same as Power

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Rice Saga's Trickle-Down Effect

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Jets Are Out of Control

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Life With No NFL? Perish the Thought

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Morals Optional in Vikings' World

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Why NFL Should Lose Tax-Exempt Status

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Time for Underperforming Saints to Shift Gears

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Guess What Giants, You're Not Very Good

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Eli Heats Up, But Giants Still Stumble

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Should Raiders Keep Allen?

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Dolphins Cut Veteran QB Garrard

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Female Could Officiate Lions' Opener

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Cowboys Win, But McGee on Bubble

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Redskins Come Through Finale Fine

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Cooley Cut, and Redskins Fans Lose

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Steelers' Wallace 'Ready to Roll'

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Tall Problem Faces Seahawks' Wilson

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To Pats' Hernandez, Deal a 'Blessing'

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Ravens Err in Releasing K Cundiff

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Colts Acquire Dolphins CB Davis

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Rookie QB Foles Impresses Eagles

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Giants' Amukamara Sprains Ankle

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Coaches on the Hot Seat

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Collie's Concussion Confirmed

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