America’s NFL In Crisis Mode: Facing Up To Realities – Gay Players, Bullying, Racism. Women As Pro-Sports Commentators. Are Corporate Sponsors Going To Re-Think Their Involvement?

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Michael Sam: Is the NFL Ready for an Openly Gay Player?

Football is the most quintessential of American sports, played on a 120-yard field by warriors sheathed in armor, clamoring for ownership of a few inches, then a few yards. But is the NFL and America ready for a gay player?  As reported by the BBC, In the same week that President Obama and the United States justice department granted same-sex couples in all 50 states “full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law”, an NFL hopeful sat down with the New York Times  for a landmark interview. Read the full story here.

 

new-york-times-thumbnailTime for N.F.L. Sponsors to Demand Change

Can the NFL, a $10 billion behemoth, survive a backlash from corporate sponsors not wanting to be associated with claims of bullying, racism, and overall abusive locker room behavior?  As reported by the New York Times: Campbell Soup Company is one of the N.F.L.’s many corporate sponsors that are bankrolling a league that we now know includes workplace behavior so vile that much of it cannot even be repeated in detail here.  Read the full story here.

 

the-globe-and-mail-thumbnailMeredith Vieira’s Olympic Record: First Woman to Host a U.S. Prime-Time Games Broadcast Solo

Overcoming the world of male-dominated pro-sports broadcast commentary.  As reported by The Globe and Mail, On Friday evening, Meredith Vieira became the first woman to host a U.S. prime-time Olympics broadcast by herself, after a medical issue and sleep deprivation forced two of her male colleagues to step aside.  Read the full story here.

 

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