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What the NFL’s Response to Domestic Violence Has Shown Us

Posted on May 26, 2015 by Brooke Chaplan
Roger Goodell and the NFL have been very inconsistent in dealing with domestic violence.

Roger Goodell and the NFL have been very inconsistent in dealing with domestic violence.

The NFL’s response to charges of domestic violence by players in recent years has shown us that things are not as simple as they may appear on the surface. The role the NFL can and should play in dealing with this issue is hotly debated.

What the Issues Are
James Knox, an attorney who specializes in domestic violence cases in California with Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP, discussed the issue on the law firm’s website recently. Knox brings up that domestic violence laws vary from state to state. Since the NFL is a national organization dealing with teams in 22 states, it is difficult for them to enforce a one-size-fits-all policy. Not surprisingly, the NFL hasn’t even tried to apply a standard response to situations. Instead they seem to be as arbitrary as the prosecutors that Knox mentions who address domestic violence when it is a popular topic of outrage and practically ignore it otherwise.
Because of so many high-profile cases in the last few years, the NFL has funneled money into No More, a corporate-sponsored branding campaign whose Super Bowl PSA was widely critiqued for failing to address prevention efforts. It simply isn’t enough to throw money at awareness campaigns that focus on the aftermath of violence, while doing nothing to stop players and fans from engaging in the behavior to begin with. The tendency to be reactive rather than proactive has been the hallmark of the NFL’s responses overall, and that is exactly what is wrong with the situation today.

What the Situation Is
As an employment issue, domestic violence lawyers in Sacramento might say the NFL needs to be thoughtful of the steps they take. Employers cannot discriminate against employees by disciplining them based on allegations or enact disparate discipline on different employees for the same or similar actions. For this reason alone, the NFL should tread lightly in getting involved in allegations that have no bearing on the ability of players to do their job, which is to play ball. Read the rest of this entry →

10 Tips for Student Athlete Success

Posted on May 23, 2015 by Jeremy Biberdorf
While most of the attention tends to go to the big-time football and basketball players, there are actually hundreds of thousands of student athletes at colleges across the country.

While most of the attention tends to go to the big-time football and basketball players, there are actually hundreds of thousands of student athletes at colleges across the country.

As a student athlete, you’ve worked hard and played hard for years. Now that all of that hard work is paying off, it’s time to celebrate your successes and look forward to the future. When you’re dreaming of a collegiate or professional sports career, however, it can be easy to get caught up in the possibilities at the expense of preparation. Follow these 10 tips to keep yourself focused as a student athlete.

1. Manage Your Time Wisely – Invest in a planner and schedule your time to accommodate both school and your sport.

2. Learn the Game – Learn the fundamentals first. Then turn your attention to mastering the big picture. Understanding the strategy of the game and how the pieces fit together can give you an edge over your competition.

3. Practice Relentlessly – Even a natural-born athlete needs practice to hone those skills. No matter how good you get, don’t lose sight of the importance of practicing.

4. Find Your Mentors – Finding an experienced player or coach who can mentor you can be a powerful tool for improvement.

5. Minimize Distractions – Although video games and web surfing can be a fun escape, don’t get caught up in the distractions. Instead, spend your time in the classroom, on the field, and with the people who matter to you.

6. Don’t Shy Away from Failure – Failure is a necessary part of life. If you never fail, it likely means you didn’t try hard enough. Risk failure and push yourself out of your comfort zone to reach for the impossible.

7. Know What You Want – What do you want out of your athletic career? Examine your personal priorities and preferences. Knowing what you want improves your chances of success. Read the rest of this entry →

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Tips on Choosing College Football Winners

Posted on May 14, 2015 by Edwin Smith
Oregon was a popular pick for 2014. Who will be the pick for 2015?

Oregon was a popular college football pick for 2014. Who will be the pick for 2015?

One of the biggest industries in the world is sports betting and for most people this is an opportunity to make a few extra bucks and to make games more interesting. Although there is no formula for picking winners in college football, you will can take a few factors into consideration to help you win a bit more. There are a number of sites you can bet on and finding the right one will take some time and effort on your part. The following are a few things to consider when trying to get the right college football picks scores predictions.

The Difference in NFL and College

One of the biggest misconceptions people have regarding betting on college football is that it is just like NFL. This is not the case due to the fact that most college teams will run up the score in order to increase their rank. This can either make or break your betting venture. The last thing you want to do it bet big when the points spread is close. When first starting out, you want to bet on games with low points spread due to the higher probability of your winning.

Choosing the Right Venue

The next thing you need to consider when trying to make a sound bet is where you will you will place you bets. There are a number of different websites out there where you can bet, which will require you to do some research. The more you are able to find out about the websites and the track record they have, the easier you will find it to choose the right one. The last thing you want to do when trying to get the right betting site is to choose one in haste. Read the rest of this entry →

Is the NFL Preparing to Burn Tom Brady at the Stake?

Posted on May 10, 2015 by Joe Gill
It appears that circumstantial evidence will be enough for the NFL to punish Super Bowl quarterback Tom Brady.

It appears that circumstantial evidence will be enough for the NFL to punish Super Bowl quarterback Tom Brady.

Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady will soon be nailed to the NFL Shield and will be made an example of.

Everyone outside the five New England States (well maybe not Connecticut) will salivate and feed their blood lust on the day of Brady’s crucifixion (suspension).

For what, what heinous act did he commit against the most powerful sports league on the earth?

Did he punch his wife in the face and knock her out cold like Ray Rice? No.

Did he whip his child with a tree branch like Adrian Peterson? No.

Did Tom Brady throw bleach on a woman’s face or drag her alongside a car like Terrell Suggs? No.

Did he sexually assault a woman in a bathroom like fellow Super Bowl Winning Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger?

That would be another resounding NO.

His ultimate sin…”more probable than not” was asking for his footballs to be a tad bit below the league’s legal limit. Read the rest of this entry →

The Ultimate Guide To Preparing Your Son For His First Rugby Game

Posted on May 08, 2015 by John Harris
Rugby is growing in youth popularity.

Rugby is growing in youth popularity.

If you have a son who has shown an interest in playing the English game of rugby instead of American football, you should try to encourage them in any way you can. It’s hard enough to get kids interested in playing sports these days, and so it’s vital that you support them. However, there are a number of things you want to do before they play their first game. We’ve created a checklist you can use to ensure you have all the bases covered. So long as you can tick everything off our list, your son should be more than ready to head out on the field.

Make sure they know the rules
Growing up in the US means that your children probably haven’t had maximum exposure to the game of rugby. However, there is a professional league in this country, and so you should spend some time watching games with them. Doing so will help to guarantee they understand the rules properly. The night before they are due to play their first game, you should spend an hour or so going through everything with them to ensure there is no confusion.

Buy the best equipment
Rugby is considered one of the best sports to keep you fit and healthy. However, your son is going to need the right equipment if you want him to stay safe. Rugby players should always wear a cup, and it’s wise to put some headgear on too. You will find some really high-quality sweatbands available online that could help them to feel a little more comfortable on the field. The last thing you want is for them to miss an important catch because they are blinded by the sweat dripping from their forehead. They need the right tools for the job if you want them to enjoy the sport and build a passion for playing. Read the rest of this entry →

2015 NFL Division Predictions and Latest News Affecting Your Favorite Teams

Posted on May 05, 2015 by Ashley Andrews
After rumors to the contrary, looks like Philip Rivers will be back with the Chargers in 2015.

After rumors to the contrary, looks like Philip Rivers will be back with the Chargers in 2015.

What does the 2015 NFL season have in store for fans, players, and the league alike? From top draft picks to team standings, predictions are already flying ahead of the upcoming preseason. From the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East all the way to the San Diego Chargers in the AFC West, here is a look at what some are saying will be the best season of football yet.

NFC East
In the NFC East division, analysts believe that the Dallas Cowboys stand the strongest chance and give them the lead. Part of the reason for this prediction is the relatively easy schedule during the 2015 season. Add the fact that the Cowboys have a super star in Dez Bryant and the Cowboys seem to be strong contenders for the NFC East title.

NFC North
The Green Bay Packers are predicted to have the strongest year in the North. Despite the fact the team will face the Seattle Seahawks at home and Arizona and San Diego are favored during the 2015 matchup, ESPN analysts seem optimistic. Green Bay’s final season ranking? Survey says; 11-5.

NFC South
In the NFC South, it appears to be a duel between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. Each team is given an overall 2015 season win/loss prediction of 10-5. With the return of ten out of 11 of the defensive starters and nine out of ten starters showing up strong for the offense, the Panthers show a promising season ahead. New Orleans, on the other hand has the second-easiest schedule at home in 2015 which could prove favorable for them.
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