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NFL Coach Rejects Presidential Medal Of Freedom

ESPN reports: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday he will not “move forward” with the Presidential Medal of Freedom that Donald Trump planned to present to him on Thursday. Belichick explained his decision in a statement. “Recently I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for …

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Biden Is Running Anti-Trump Ads During NFL Games

The Washington Post reports: The Biden campaign announced Sunday that it is running a new round of TV ads during NFL games today and later this week. During today’s Browns-Steelers game, the campaign is airing a minute-long ad on CBS that tells the story of a bar owner in Ann Arbor, Mich., whose business has shut down amid the coronavirus …

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NFL Issues National Coming Out Day PSA [VIDEO]

ESPN reports: The NFL has launched a series of initiatives associated with LGBTQ History Month, which includes National Coming Out Day on Sunday and Spirit Day on Thursday. Included are a dedicated website (NFL.com/PRIDE ); a PSA celebrating former NFL players who have come out and voicing support; expanded partnerships with GLAAD and The Trevor Project; a pride-themed NFL shield; …

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NFL Team Reports League’s First COVID Outbreak

ESPN reports: The Tennessee Titans have closed their facilities until Saturday after three players and five team personnel members tested positive for the coronavirus, the NFL announced Tuesday. The eight new positive tests have been confirmed after additional testing, a source told ESPN’s Kevin Seifert. Those who tested positive have been asymptomatic as of Tuesday morning, a source told ESPN’s …

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NFL Hits Unmasked Coaches With $100,000 Fines

The Associated Press reports: NFL coaches thumbed their collective — and exposed — noses at the NFL’s mask mandate in Week 2. The league responded with hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club. The first three to get fined were Denver’s Vic Fangio, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan and Seattle’s Pete Carroll, according to a person with knowledge …

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NFL Fans Boo Moment Of Silence For Racial Equality

The Guardian reports: The NFL season on Thursday night got off to a dismal start, and exposed the pernicious sentiments of many in America, when some fans jeered what the league described as “a moment of silence dedicated to the ongoing fight for equality in our country.” The incident was particularly striking because it was meant as a show of …

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NFL To Stencil “End Racism” In End Zones Of Stadiums

NBC Sports reports: The NFL will join other sports leagues in putting social justice messages on the playing field this season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on a conference call this afternoon that the league will stencil “End racism” and “It takes all of us” in the end zones at each stadium this fall. “The NFL stands with the black …

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NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Tests COVID+

ESPN reports: Eagles coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced Sunday night. Pederson convened an unscheduled team meeting Sunday to share the news with his players, sources said, before the team made the announcement. He told the team after receiving a second positive test result, confirming the diagnosis. The 52-year-old Pederson is asymptomatic and doing …

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NFL To Fine Players Who “Recklessly” Contract COVID

ESPN reports: NFL players who contract the coronavirus through “high-risk” activity away from team facilities can face team discipline and might be at risk of not being paid, according to the league’s new protocol. A memo sent by the NFLPA to agents this weekend, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN, outlines several rules governing player contracts, opt-out provisions …

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Former Redskins Unveil Temporary New Team Name

ESPN reports: Effective immediately, Washington will call itself the “Washington Football Team” pending the adoption of a new name, the franchise announced. This is not a final renaming and rebranding for the team; this is the name it wants to use until pending adoption of a new name at some point. The team will continue the process of retiring the …

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NFL Axes Pre-Season, Mandates Face Masks For Fans

Washington DC’s Fox News affiliate reports: Fans attending NFL games in-person will be required to wear face coverings, according to an official from the league’s public relations office. Brian McCarthy, a PR professional for the NFL, tweeted on Wednesday clarifying that fans would be required to wear face coverings at games. As the NFL season takes place primarily in the …

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Washington Redskins To Announce New Name Today

USA Today reports: Just less than two weeks after one of his most prominent corporate sponsors urged him to change the name of his football team, Washington owner Daniel Snyder plans to announce the retirement of the “Redskins” nickname and reveal a new team name Monday morning. The new name remains unknown, but Warriors, Red Wolves and Redtails have ranked …

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Redskins Undergoing “Thorough Review” Of Team Name

The New York Post reports: Facing mounting pressure to change the franchise’s moniker, the Washington Redskins said Friday it will “undergo a thorough review of the team’s name.” “This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks,” the team said in a statement. The heat was turned up Thursday when FedEx — …

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Nike Pulls Washington Redskins Gear From Website

Mediaite reports: Nike has pulled all of its merchandise for the NFL’s Washington football team from its website, as of Thursday afternoon. The brand’s website shows no results for the team’s gear, and instead tries to re-direct users to other  D.C.-based teams like the NBA’s Washington Wizards. A search of other NFL teams on the site shows their gear is …

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NFL May Play “Black National Anthem” Before Games

ESPN reports: “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” traditionally known as the Black national anthem, is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game, and the league is considering a variety of other measures during the upcoming season to recognize victims of police brutality, a source familiar with the league’s discussions told The Undefeated on Thursday. …

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Trump Slams Fauci For Comments On NFL Season

The New York Post reports: President Trump tweeted Friday that White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci “has nothing to do with NFL Football” — after the infectious disease expert said games “may not happen” this year. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN this week that “if there is a second …

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NFL To Recognize Juneteenth As Company Holiday

ESPN reports: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Friday that the league will recognize June 19 as a company holiday, with NFL offices closed on that day. Called Juneteenth, June 19 is celebrated as the effective end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect Jan. 1, 1863, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, after the …

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Trump Attacks NFL Head For Apologizing To Players

ESPN reports: In response to commissioner Roger Goodell’s video last week in which he said the NFL erred in how it dealt with player protests of police brutality and systemic racism, President Donald Trump tweeted late Sunday night, reopening the national anthem debate with the league. “We are listening. I am listening,” Goodell said. “And I will be reaching out …

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NFL: We Were Wrong For Opposing Player Protests

The Washington Post reports: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday he and the league strongly support players expressing their opposition to inequality and police misconduct, saying the league’s leadership was “wrong” for ignoring players earlier and that it now endorses their peaceful protests. “We, the National Football League condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said in …

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NFL Planning Full Season But Ready For Contingencies

The Associated Press reports: The NFL is planning to play a full season though it’s uncertain what that will look like. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday that since January the 2020 schedule was intended for release after the draft. It is planned for release by the end of next week, with the date for the kickoff game Thursday, Sept. …

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