Clash of the tight ends?
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As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to take on the Philadelphia Eagles, The Conversation takes a critical look at some of the biggest news stories from the past NFL season.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes holds the trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday.
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The Super Bowl is more than a game — it’s an ecosystem of parties, the halftime show, the ads and 100 million people watching despite the sport’s ugly and dangerous side.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sprained his right ankle in a playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 21, 2023.
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Sprained ankles are a common injury to anyone who plays sports and usually not a serious concern. But with an NFL championship on the line, the specifics of an ankle injury and how to treat it matter.
DraftKings is one of a handful of sportsbooks that have been advertising during live sporting events.
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The opportunity to place bets has changed the way games look, the way they’re talked about – and, of course, how many people have money riding on the outcome.
Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin is examined after collapsing on the field on Jan. 2. He received CPR and defibrillation on site before being sent to hospital by ambulance.
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Survival rates for cardiac arrest outside of hospitals is very low. The fast response to Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest during an NFL game shows the value of access to CPR and emergency defibrillators.
Medical personnel attend to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin after he collapsed on the field during an NFL game in Cincinnati on Jan. 2, 2023.
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ESPN commentators avoided speculation and struck a compassionate tone.
NFL player Damar Hamlin’s injury during a game on Jan. 2 may have been a heart injury called commotio cordis. Researchers are working on ways to prevent this rare but often fatal sports injury.
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Commotio cordis is the result of blunt trauma to the heart, and is one of the leading causes of sudden cardiac death in youth sports. Improvements in protective equipment may help prevent it.
Ye, formerly Kanye West, lost some of his corporate partners after expressing antisemitic remarks.
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While corporate partnerships can be ‘win-win’ arrangements, sometimes they don’t work out – especially when values don’t align.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa runs onto the field before the team’s NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 29, despite a head injury during a game a few days earlier.
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carried off the field during a game on Sept. 29 after his second injury in only a few days, raising questions about NFL concussion protocols.
Buffalo Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula received a sweetheart deal from the state to finance their new stadium.
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Study after study has shown that stadiums are terrible public investments. Taxpayers rarely want to pay for them. So why do governments keep subsidizing them?
Putting the Blues in the red, white and blue.
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The deadline for formal bids to buy Chelsea FC is March 18. Expect some very rich US businessmen to be in the running.
Players voted to accept Major League Baseball’s offer on a new labor deal, paving the way to end the 99-day lockout and salvage the season.
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A sports economist explains how the deal leaves players with a fundamentally different – and in many ways, worse – arrangement than their counterparts in the other major US sports leagues.
Over the past two decades, researchers have gained a great deal of insight into the risks surrounding concussions – some of which has led to sweeping policy changes.
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Millions of sports-related concussions occur in the US every year. Many of them happen to high school and college athletes.
Football, as a mirror to society?
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As the Los Angeles Rams prepare to take on the Cincinnati Bengals, The Conversation takes a critical look at some of the biggest news stories from the past NFL season.
Whitney Houston sings the national anthem on January 27, 1991, at Super Bowl XXV during the Persian Gulf War.
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For the NFL, playing the national anthem started as a patriotic marketing ploy. It’s now played before every game alongside ‘Lift Every Voice,’ the Black national anthem, and ‘America the Beautiful.’
Eric Bieniemy, who has been the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator since 2018, has reportedly interviewed for 14 head-coaching jobs.
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An analysis of 267 NFL offensive and defensive coordinators since 2003 finds that the Chiefs’ Eric Bieniemy’s odds of being hired as a head coach would have gone up significantly if he weren’t Black.
Brian Flores was one of a few nonwhite head coaches until he was fired after the 2022 season.
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Despite efforts to diversify its prominent coaching ranks, the NFL has an abysmal record of hiring people of color. A recently fired Black coach’s suit alleging discrimination may hold the NFL accountable.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is the only Black head coach in the NFL.
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Despite efforts to diversify its coaching ranks, the NFL still has an abysmal record of hiring members of minorities not only as head coaches but also for coveted assistant coaching jobs.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers implied he was vaccinated against COVID-19 when he was not, and made statements about the vaccines based on misinformation.
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NFL star Aaron Rodgers has amplified dangerous and disproven myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s why his statements are not only untrue, but also harmful because they spread misinformation.
The Chicago Blackhawks are currently being sued by a former player who is accusing an assistant coach of sexual assault in 2010, at the time the team largely ignored the allegations.
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Incidents of sexual misconduct, and how they have been handled, highlight the lack of accountability in professional sports, and the problems that this situation creates.