The end of the Super Bowl a few weeks ago marked the beginning of the NFL offseason. Now, all 32 NFL teams will be trying to improve their teams through the NFL Draft, which takes place in April. Online betting prediction sites like BetonSports.com already have odds on who the top players drafted are going to be, allowing you to test out your general manager skills.
Here are some of the things going on with your favorite NFL teams as they approach the NFL Draft.
Who will the Titans Select First Overall?
The Tennessee Titans had the second pick in the draft last year and used the selection to pick Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota. Now that they have their franchise quarterback, it will be interesting to see which direction they go this year.
Keith Olbermann was never supposed to be back at ESPN. He’s burned bridge after bridge at every television job he’s ever had…yet he has been rehired again and again by companies that have shoved him out the door.
Why do these large meda corporations always bring back Olbermann? It’s because he’s great at his job and despite the frustrations of employing him, the positive outweigh the negative…until they don’t, then he’s out the door.
ESPN announced mid-July that they would not extend Keith Olbermann’s contract and his show ‘Olbermann’ would end on July 31st.
I would like to share some of the great moments during the show’s 13-month run on ESPN.
If you’re a sports fan, you know Bill Simmons. He started as a blogger in Boston as ‘the voice of the common sports fan’ and then somehow morphed into an occasional blowhard and talking head on ESPN. He’s also the creator of the 30 for 30 documentary series and is the editor at Grantland.
Simmons used to write a lot more, but now he’s mostly just does his ‘The B.S. Report’ podcast and is a member of ESPN’s studio team during NBA games. He writes a weekly million-word NFL picks column during NFL season and random NBA articles (his NBA preview with Jalen Rose is about to drop).
I’m going to look through all the people and issues that we all agree are pretty horrible (Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, Atlantic City, etc.) and look at the business/union side of this issue. Ray Rice could single-handedly change the way other players are disciplined in the future…for the better.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association have been working on a new drug testing program that will allow the league to test the players for human growth hormone, but in order for that to happen, it needs to be collectively bargained (aka you get something, we get something).
Now that the NBA has set an example on how to handle owner racism, will the other major sports follow suit?
The NBA banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for recorded remarks he made in private. They are pushing for the owners to vote to force Sterling to sell the team. They need 3/4ths of the owners to vote ‘yes’ in order for that to happen.
Now that the NBA has opened the ‘let’s vote an owner out of the league’ Pandora’s box, this seems like the perfect opportunity for the NFL to this as leverage to force Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change his team’s name.
Does the NFL have similar language in their bylaws to force Snyder out as owner?