NFL Demands $16.6 Million Over M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Middle Finger

Today, in "are you fucking kidding me," the NFL has demanded an additional $15.1 million from M.I.A. in restitution for briefly raising her middle finger during the Super Bowl halftime show two years ago. This brings the entire arbitration claim against her to $16.6 million. » 3/18/14 12:20pm 3/18/14 12:20pm

Dipshit Writes Law Barring Gays From Playing In The NFL

Earlier this year, University of Missouri football standout and NFL prospect Michael Sam announced that he is gay, putting football-enthusiast homophobes in a tough spot. Now, suddenly, like a gay thief in the glittery night, a very real possibility existed that in the near future, one or more of them would be forced… » 2/25/14 4:00pm 2/25/14 4:00pm

Calling Darren Sharper 'Too Sexy' to Rape Is Goddamn Ridiculous

Earlier this week, Tempe, Arizona police released documents that detail even more rape allegations against former NFL star Darren Sharper, who today will appear in court to face rape charges stemming from separate incidents in Los Angeles. In total, Sharper's alleged to have drugged 11 people and raped 7 women across 4 … » 2/20/14 1:45pm 2/20/14 1:45pm

Rules For Ben-Gals Cheerleaders: "No Panties," "No Slouching Breasts"

Looks like that Raiderettes lawsuit was just the beginning. Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Alexa Brenneman has filed her own class-action lawsuit against the team for allegedly violating federal employment laws. As with the Raiders and Ravens, the juiciest reading here is the list of rules handed down to cheerleaders,… » 2/13/14 6:27pm 2/13/14 6:27pm

Raiderettes Say They Receive Only ONE Check Per Year

The Oakland Raiders are being sued by not one, but two Raiderette cheerleaders in a wage theft suit. The team has reportedly done everything from force them to pay for their own travel to offering condescending advice on how not to end up date raped. Gee, thanks. » 2/06/14 7:15pm 2/06/14 7:15pm

This Etiquette Guide for the Oakland Raiderettes Is Ridiculous

News recently broke that the Oakland Raiders are allegedly paying their cheerleaders (the Raiderettes) wages as criminally low as $5 per hour and now, as more facts about the team are revealed, it's turning out that not only do they pay the Raiderettes next to nothing — they also treat them like they're social fucking… » 1/28/14 4:30pm 1/28/14 4:30pm

NFL Cheerleading Is A Scam: A Former Ravens Cheerleader Tells All

As a glimpse into the dark side of NFL cheerleading, the recent Raiderettes lawsuit was revelatory, but it didn't quite capture the soup-to-nuts seediness of the enterprise. Thanks to a tipster—a former cheerleader—we've gotten our hands on a copy of the many rules and many regulations the 2009 Baltimore Ravens cheer… » 1/28/14 3:21pm 1/28/14 3:21pm

Here's Every Finable Offense For Raiders Cheerleaders

Lacy T., a Raiderette during the recently completed season, has sued the Oakland Raiders for a slew of shoddy business practices regarding cheerleader pay. The whole suit, which you can read at the bottom of the page, is a glimpse into the many indignities of being an NFL cheerleader (besides the many obvious ones).… » 1/24/14 3:59pm 1/24/14 3:59pm

Your Evening Inspiration: Disabled Veterans Kicking All Sorts of Ass

The Wounded Warrior Amputee football team is made up of veterans who have lost limbs while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In November, the team faced off with another group of veterans for a no-holds-barred game. The catch? The other team was made up of non-disabled NFL veterans, not those who had served in the… » 12/10/13 8:30pm 12/10/13 8:30pm

Here’s a Ridiculous Heel Purse You Can’t Bring to an NFL Game

This is an official NFL heel purse (designed, presumably, by Kate Spade's insane, evil twin exclusively for lady serial killers who also want to show off their football fanhood) that you ironically can't, even if you went temporarily insane and purchased it for ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS, bring to an NFL game. » 12/08/13 4:00pm 12/08/13 4:00pm

The Majority of Refs at a College Football Game Tonight Will be Women

If you enjoy college football, or even if you don't, Thursday evening's game between Division II schools Miles College and Lane College will be notable: four female officials will be working their game, a first for an NCAA football game. » 10/24/13 1:30pm 10/24/13 1:30pm

The NFL's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Is Still a Sham

With all this shutdown hulabaloo, I almost forgot that October marks the annual pink barf tornado otherwise known as Breast Cancer Awareness month, a special time when corporations exploit our feelings of helplessness in the face of life's senseless brutality by directing people to Fight Cancer through the purchase of… » 10/04/13 1:50pm 10/04/13 1:50pm

M.I.A. is at War with the NFL for That Super Bowl Middle Finger Moment

In February of 2012, a musical artist who once made the mistake of ending a relationship with Diplo and preventing the world from receiving the bounty that would be the world's most rhythmic children did something inappropriate during a small sports show hosted by the National Football League. The National Football… » 9/19/13 4:50pm 9/19/13 4:50pm

More Outlets Refuse To Refer To Washington D.C. NFL Team As 'Redskins'

Slate, The New Republic and Mother Jones have announced that they will no longer refer to the NFL's Washington D.C. team as "the Redskins," effective as of this past Thursday. (Not that Slate used it much before, Chris Chase at USA Today pointed out: Search results for the team on the site bring up only eight results,… » 8/10/13 2:09pm 8/10/13 2:09pm

All Ashley Madison Could Afford for Super Bowl Advertising Is This…

Ashley Madison, the attention-starved company that aims to facilitate extramarital affairs, has released a fairly gross, Super Bowl-themed print ad (what is this, 1985??) in the San Francisco Examiner. The ad features a lady ref wearing a mini-skirt. Two football teams leer at her while she flips a coin that, quite… » 2/02/13 2:30pm 2/02/13 2:30pm