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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. (AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel)

NFL player Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion might have been prevented with rugby’s stricter protocols

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. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

I’ve studied stadium financing for over two decades – and the new Bills stadium is one of the worst deals for taxpayers I’ve ever seen

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?
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. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement fails to address players’ biggest grievances

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. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Sports via Getty Images

The risk of concussion lurks at the Super Bowl – and in all other sports

Millions of sports-related concussions occur in the US every year. Many of them happen to high school and college athletes.
Whitney Houston sings the national anthem on January 27, 1991, at Super Bowl XXV during the Persian Gulf War. Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

A brief history of the NFL, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ the Super Bowl and their tangled saga of patriotism and dissent

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. Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

New evidence of discrimination against Black coaches in the NFL since 2018

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. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Almost all NFL coaches are white – lawsuit focuses on league’s abysmal record hiring diverse coaches

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.
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. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 

The fault in our stars: Aaron Rodgers reminds us why celebrity shouldn’t trump science

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. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

From the Chicago Blackhawks to Washington’s football team, there’s an urgent need for more accountability in pro sports

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.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game in February, 2021. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

What if Tom Brady took a knee instead of Colin Kaepernick?

Brady taking a knee is counter to both the man and the league. Nonetheless, had he done so, he would have been received much more favourably.
Jon Gruden is out as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

‘I don’t have an ounce of racism in me’: Jon Gruden and the NFL’s whiteness problem

Jon Gruden’s resignation signals a much needed shift that hopefully forces franchises to be introspective when shaping their team’s social climate.
University of Oregon running back Travis Dye celebrates his touchdown against Fresno State in a stadium smokey from nearby wildfires. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

As U.S. football season kicks off, climate change threatens the game

It might be time to reschedule football season. With rising temperatures, poorer air quality and a worsening hurricane season, climate change threatens the future of the American sport.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Seattle in January. The Rams will have to count Goff’s signing bonus towards their salary cap for the next four years, despite trading him to Detroit. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

NFL and NHL salary caps have worked out well for players

NFL salary caps were originally introduced to make the league more competitive and reduce performance differences between small and large market teams. But they have also worked out well for players.

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