The league has a right to make its own rules, but this was a missed opportunity to model a healthy public square.
A quick taxonomy: The patriotism of duty is the patriotism that involves material acts of fidelity to one's country. This is the patriotism of military service and other varieties of selfless sacrifice. This is where patriotism becomes embodied, and its ideals take on specific actions worthy of praise. The patriotism of affection is the patriotism of [...]
Stakeholders in the NFL cannot lose—at least not under the league’s current structure. Owners split money from the league’s massive TV deals and other media revenue streams. That stream is so dependable, so huge, and so guaranteed that it’s done what large, intractable pools of cash have done since the invention of markets. It has [...]
The NAACP’s boycott of the NFL over Colin Kaepernick’s lack of a contract exemplifies in vivid focus the many ways that the American conversation about race and culture is dysfunctional. Admittedly, the stakes in this particular drama are low; whether a professional athlete is paid tens of millions of dollars to play a game or [...]
Dak Prescott (QB, Cowboys) will win the starting job in Dallas and be named Offensive Rookie of the Year. Dallas will win the NFC East. Jeff Fisher will be the first coach to be fired this season, after the Rams start 2-6 The Houston Texas will win the AFC South. Jimmy Garoppolo (QB, Patriots) will [...]
As a lifelong fan of the NFL in general and the St. Louis Los Angeles Rams in particular, the months of March through July are not my favorite sports cycle. There are still, however, things I look forward to from my favorite sport in its offseason--the drama of the draft, the excitement of free agency, [...]