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Cupcake season: When FBS Power 5 schools schedule inferior opponents and pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars to experience the joy of being throttled (in most cases) during the early parts of most college football seasons. In Week 4, the practice of Power 5 programs hosting games against lesser teams continued. Read the rest at Sporting News
In the midst of one of the biggest public relations crises in NFL history focused in large part on the league's treatment of women, the DeVos Sport Business Management at Central Florida released its annual Racial and Gender Report Card for the NFL on Wednesday. The NFL achieved its fifth consecutive 'A' grade for racial hiring practices and received a 'C-' for gender hiring practices. This gave the NFL a combined 'B' grade. Read the rest at Sporting News
After dealing with a steady negative onslaught of public and corporate opinion, Roger Goodell and the National Football League Thursday received two important sponsorship gifts. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said that while she deplores the behavior of certain NFL players, she believes in and supports NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Later Thursday, Verzion the NFL’s largest corporate partner, posted a letter on the company’s LinkedIn page making it clear the company will continue to support the NFL. Read the rest at Sporting News
NHL players have participated in the Winter Olympic Games dating back to 1998 in Nagano. Yet it makes little if any sense for the league to take a midseason break in order to allow its players to head to PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018. While no final decision has been made by the Lords of the Rink, sending NHL players to the 2018 Games and the 2022 Winter Games would represent a bad business decision. Read the rest at Sporting News
In the midst of the greatest image crisis in recent NFL history, the optics of which are in part focused on the relationship the NFL has with women, how the league treats its cheerleaders, long viewed as eye-candy at NFL games, is in the news. Twenty-six of the 32 current NFL franchises have cheerleading teams, with the Baltimore Colts becoming the first in 1954 and the Dallas Cowboys later pushing the cheerleaders’ ability to influence ticket sales. Read the rest at Sporting News