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Buffalo Bills SOLD

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Business

NEW YORK, N.Y. - NFL owners have unanimously approved the sale of the Buffalo Bills to Terry and Kim Pegula.The husband and wife already own the NHL's...

Why the Media Should Pay Attention to Michael Phelps' DUI

Philip Plante-Ajah | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Living
Philip Plante-Ajah

I find society's reaction to offences committed by African American athletes and the Michael Phelps news disproportionate and eyebrow raising. It would appear that society has casually accepted his apology and his sponsors have not made any indication that they wish to distance themselves from him, as did many of the NFL's sponsors did after public backlash to the incidents above.

Hey Business Executives, Don't Forget Social Media is Always Watching You

Leah Eichler | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Business
Leah Eichler

It seems the Internet, like Orwell's police state, is slowly forcing everyone to stay on his or her best behaviour. In my mind, the Internet won when yet another elevator video surfaced of National Football League player Ray Rice punching his then fiancé, prompting his release by the Baltimore Ravens and an indefinite suspension by the NFL.

Female U.S. Senators Call For Zero Tolerance In NFL

CP | Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Sports

WASHINGTON - Sixteen female senators from both parties called on the National Football League Thursday to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on domestic vi...

Every Second Woman You See Has Been a Victim of Violence

Stephen Hampton | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Stephen Hampton

The reality is that domestic abuse is far too common in society and that includes Canada. According to a Statistics Canada study 50 per cent of women in Canada have experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. Think about that for a minute. Look around your office, your classroom, the street your walking on; statistically every second women you see will have suffered violence. And domestic violence is not just limited to people we don't know or people we don't see. Think about your friends and your family, your co-workers, and your classmates -- any of them could be victims of domestic violence.

Asking Abuse Victims Why They Stayed Is Still Blaming Them

Toula Drimonis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

To these women this isn't just the monster who kicked them down the stairs or told them they were worthless. He's also the man who romanced them and won their heart, the man they sleep next to, the man they make love to, the man who may be the father of their children, the man they build a life with together. To walk away from him is to walk away from the good moments, from the dream of that life. The possibility of what might have been, if only he could change and see the light. Abuse victims didn't "ask for it" or "like it" or "cause it." They are victims, and asking "why didn't they just walk away" -- whether unintentional or not -- blames those victims.

You Should Hate Ray Rice's Crime More Than You Love Football

Ryan Mulligan | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
Ryan Mulligan

What's lost in all this is that a woman was beaten unconscious and was ignored because we apparently love sports more than we have compassion for others. No player, no matter how famous or rich, should be excluded from full punishment, counseling, and reconciliation. No woman, no matter who her abuser is, should be shamed into silence, isolation, or fear. If you're a sports fan or not, please join with me in demanding better from those who flood our TVs and ask us to love them. The people who make millions of dollars for our entertainment aren't immune to our criticism and should be held to the highest of standards. The sports world is an amazing place with amazing people but we can and must do better than this.

There's More to Being a Sports Fan Than You Think

David Martin | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada
David Martin

I know a lot of folks think they're football fans without considering what has to be done to prepare for the upcoming season. For some reason, they think they can just wile away the summer and start their TV football viewing with no preparation. Serious fans, however, know that the key to successful sports viewing is preparation, lots of preparation.

Why the NFL Is Desperately Seeking a Saviour

Andy Juniper | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada
Andy Juniper

Last season, of course, a bullying scandal came to light in pro football wherein Richie Incognito, a truly offensive offensive lineman, was (in the words of The New York Times) "found to have engaged in serial harassment" and "a pattern of bullying" against Miami Dolphin teammate Jonathan Martin, who eventually left Miami under "psychological duress."

This Gay NFL Player's Courage Should Not Be Overlooked

Philip Plante-Ajah | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada
Philip Plante-Ajah

He's a young guy, incredible athlete, but most importantly, I think, is the intangible he brings to a team. It is not that the fact that he is gay, it is that he is gay and is not affected by society's fascination with it and appears to be complete able to operate under intense national scrutiny and attention, something very few rookies are able to do.

People Seem To Be Confused About Who's Most Affected By Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Living

In light of the announcement that the NFL would implement harsh punishments for those in the league found committing domestic abuse on Friday, many a...

The Unwritten Rules of Professional Locker Rooms

Lio Perron | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada
Lio Perron

In my opinion, bombastic statements are generally a defence mechanism by those who feel put upon by their community. However, as minorities we rarely control society's prevailing narrative. Therefor our comments are often misinterpreted. Professional sports is big business and players who attract controversy tend to scare away sponsors.

RACIAL SLUR

CP | Alan Fram, The Associated Press | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada

WASHINGTON - Half the U.S. Senate urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to change the Washington Redskins' name, saying it is a racist slur...

Is Homophobia a Religious or a Psychological Issue?

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Historically, prejudice of any kind could be freely expressed with few repercussions (emotional, legal, or otherwise) so long as there was a reasonable justification. Religion has often served as the justification, and has therefore facilitated an array of prejudice, from racism to sexism to homophobia. Over time, the use of religious beliefs to justify prejudice has tended to decline, but still persists -- especially when it comes to homosexuality.

Michael Sam and the Fight Against the Christian Right

Lio Perron | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living
Lio Perron

For the first time in U.S. history gay rights took centre stage during the NFL's entry draft, a three-day media bonanza carried live on television. The St. Louis Rams picked Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, who kissed his partner on the lips on live television.

The NFL Is All About Brotherhood... Unless You're Different From Them

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

You want to tell me that Michael Sam's sexuality is a distraction? You want to tell me that his presence in the National Football League deserves to be questioned, while Manziel sprays Cleveland with champagne and Blake Bortles, a Central Florida kid, rides in and takes over Jacksonville?

NFL Cheerleaders Are Ra-Ra-Raging Over Labour Laws

Gal's Got Game | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Business
Gal's Got Game

Give me an F! E! D! and a U! and a P! They're a big part of the game day experience but NFL cheerleaders are no longer keeping to the sidelines when it comes to their treatment on and off the field. Multiple former NFL cheerleaders have come forward in 2014 to tell their stories -- often in the form of lawsuits -- of harsh working conditions, peanuts for pay, and demeaning behaviour rules.

The NFL Needs to Stop Getting Greedy and Fat

Andy Juniper | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada
Andy Juniper

More cookies for the customers. More overeating. Less special, more mundane. And all resulting in more injuries to players in a league already beset with a concussion crisis -- a league purportedly acting with the best interests of its greatest assets in mind -- and injured stars subsequently being replaced by less-talented players. All of which equals a dangerously diluted product.

How the NFL is Perpetuating Racism

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada Sports
Christopher Stuart Taylor

I find it appalling that the NFL who has a whole team -- I repeat a whole team -- that is named after a racial slur against First Nations peoples, the Washington Redskins, is all of a sudden in the business of "politically correctness." In terms of the Redskins, the NFL finds all kinds of excuses on why they should keep the name.

'Michael Sam Is Going To Open Himself Up To A Lot Of Criticism'

AP | Paul Newberry | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living

Michael Sam could've taken the -- well, not the easy, but certainly the easier -- way out by staying mum on his sexual orientation, at least until aft...

FOOTBALL STAR: I'M GAY

AP | Ralph D. Russo | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living

Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. In interviews w...

The Surprising Antidote For a Wound

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgIf you happen to fall down and injure yourself, according to football mantra, the best thing to do is to get back up and rub some dirt on the wound. But the arboreal alternative has been used for centuries by indigenous populations and by many in the natural health community.

Maybe the NFL Needs a Kick in the PATs

Andy Juniper | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Sports
Andy Juniper

As the NFL begins its Road to the Super Bowl this weekend, some critics are contemplating the point of it all. No, not the point of the playoffs. Or the point of the game of football. But, rather, the point of the point. You know, the PAT (Point After Touchdown). Which some call the 'conversion'. And others call the 'extra point'. And which esteemed Sports Illustrated scribe Peter King calls "The biggest waste of time in sports."

Who Wants An NFL Team In Canada?

CP | Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - An overwhelming majority of Canadians don't want an NFL team in Canada, especially if it means the demise of the CFL, a survey suggests.Fort...

Unlike The Super Bore -- Er, Super Bowl -- The Grey Cup's Got Game

Andy Juniper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Andy Juniper

Sex reared its head in a press conference featuring the Grey Cup's two coaches this week: "Hey, coach, should your players have sex before the big game?" Roughriders coach Corey Chamblin brought down the house with his response: "They win the championship, they'll have a lot of it. Trust me."