• NCAA Deregulation Brings Seven-Figure Food Budgets

    by Kyle Rowland, The Journal Gazette September 2014

    One million dollars can buy you a lot - a mansion, a yacht, a private jet. In a new era of college athletics, $1 million gets student-athletes from Indiana to Purdue to USC food. Yes, food.

  • Columnist: Winston Punishment Proof FSU Doesn't Get It

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports September 2014

    If Jameis Winston thought he was untouchable before, just you wait. If you thought the ethically pliable cocoon of Florida State football had enabled him before, well, you probably haven't seen anything yet.

  • Mayor Wants Wrigley Work to Start Despite Pending Suit

    by Fran Spielman September 2014

    There's nothing a Chicago mayor with dismal poll numbers likes more heading into a re-election campaign than a groundbreaking ceremony for a $575 million project that creates 2,100 jobs.

  • Activists Stand Ready to Help NFL Tackle Domestic Abuse

    by Jim Corbett, @ByJimCorbett, USA TODAY Sports September 2014

    As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continues adding to his roster of advisers who will shape league policies on domestic violence, three victims whose lives were forever changed by the crime volunteered their services as resources.

  • NFL's Off-Field Woes Prompt MLB to Address Abuse

    by Bob Nightengale,, USA TODAY Sports September 2014

    Major League Baseball, after watching the NFL's issues with domestic violence spiral in the past week, has scheduled a meeting with the players union to reach a policy regarding domestic abuse.

  • Amid Crises, NFL Intent on Growing Female Fan Base

    by Brent Schrotenboer, @Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports September 2014

    Women are a huge part of the league's goal to grow revenues, from about $10 billion now to $25 billion by 2027.

  • Lesson from NFL's Worst Week: Do the Right Thing

    by Jarrett Bell September 2014

    Greg Hardy sits, Ray McDonald plays. After a tumultuous sequence of off-the-field events that constituted arguably the worst week in NFL history, the games could not merely go on Sunday without the status updates for two players embroiled in domestic violence situations. After the Minnesota Vikings' quick decision Friday to deactivate star running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted on a charge of child abuse allegations, the bar was suddenly raised for the Carolina Panthers and the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Will Federal Appeals Court Intervene in NFL Concussion Settlement?

    by Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer September 2014

    An attempt by seven former NFL players to block the league's proposed settlement over concussion-related health problems met with tough questions Wednesday from a federal appeals court panel.

  • NFL Hires Ex-FBI Director to Investigate Handling of Rice Incident

    by Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports September 2014

    The NFL has hired former FBI director Robert Mueller to investigate the league's pursuit and handling of evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case after a report Wednesday that a league executive received videotape evidence five months before it became public.

  • Rice Scandal Brings Calls for Commissioner Goodell's Job

    by Jarrett Bell September 2014

    It keeps getting worse for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Tuesday, he adamantly denied that a single soul at the league office had seen the disturbing Ray Rice knockout video. Wednesday, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press that a DVD had been sent directly to someone at NFL headquarters.