Is NFL’s Change Of Heart On Concussions Genuine Or Just Brand-Protection?

13 years of research by the NFL resulted in this 2007 pamphlet that said multiple concussions may not be bad for you.

In 1994, then-NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue responded to growing concerns about concussions and brain injury by saying it was a case of mass hysteria resulting from “pack journalism.” What’s followed is two decades of the country’s most popular professional sports league saying it was researching the topic while being accused by some in the medical community of trying to quash evidence of a correlation between playing football and degenerative brain disease. [More]

Which NFL Stadiums Have The Least Expensive Beer?

(Blissed And Gone)

While some NFL teams are still in the thick of the Super Bowl hunt (like the 4-0 Kansas City Chiefs… oh man, do I miss Andy Reid), others are already on the cusp of calling it a rebuilding year and hoping for a decent draft pick in the spring. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself at the stadium, perhaps with the assistance of a beer, if that’s your thing. But which stadiums are going to give you the biggest beer bang for your buck? [More]

Is it time to selectively mute NFL announcers?

Poll: Would You Watch Football On TV Without The Commentators?

Several years back, when Consumerist was flush with all that bubble money from our house-flipping and day-trading side gigs, we posted one person’s suggestion on how you can manipulate your surround sound system so that you wouldn’t have to listen to Joe Buck shill for American Idol, Phil Simms condescend to everyone who isn’t him, or Mike Mayock say…anything. Now some football fans are begging the NFL to give fans the option of just hearing the game without the constant blah blah from the announcers. [More]

Jacksonville Jaguars Offer Free Beer To Anyone Willing To Buy Tickets

Jacksonville Jaguars Offer Free Beer To Anyone Willing To Buy Tickets

Amazingly, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ gorgeous two-tone helmets have done little to help the team’s game or to put butts in the seats at EverBank Field. So how do you entice fans to ante up anywhere from $45 to $425 per ticket to see an 0-3 team face off against the 2-1 Indianapolis Colts? Free beer. [More]

NFL’s New Stadium Bag Policy Is Great, Until People Blame It For Car Burglaries

NFL’s New Stadium Bag Policy Is Great, Until People Blame It For Car Burglaries

The National Football League recently put new rules in place about what kind of bags fans can bring inside stadiums, a change intended to speed up security screening. All bags but the tiniest of purses need to be made of clear plastic, as if we’ve suddenly become a nation of retail employees. That’s fine…until fans blame the policy when their non-conforming bags get stolen from their cars in the parking lot. [More]

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Football Fans Apparently Drowning Weekend Losses In Monday Pizzas

On Friday you’re sporting your Aaron Rodgers jersey and crowing about the many splendored glories of the Green Bay Packers. But on Monday, you’re warning coworkers not to even mention yesterday’s loss and drowning your sorrows in fast food and discreet bouts of weeping in the bathroom. Save the salads and quiet pride for the winners, it’s time to pile on the melted cheese until it covers your heart’s wounds and makes them whole again. [More]

Guy Who Paid $289 For An Aaron Hernandez Jersey Doesn’t Want His Wife To Know

Guy Who Paid $289 For An Aaron Hernandez Jersey Doesn’t Want His Wife To Know

Now that New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been accused of murder, there are likely plenty of fans willing to unload their jerseys with his name on them. But who would be into owning a piece of memorabilia with such a connection? A whole lot of people, it seems. At least one has sold for $289 on eBay, and that seems to be somewhat of a bargain price. [More]

New England Patriots Offering Exchanges For Some Aaron Hernandez Jerseys Next Weekend

New England Patriots Offering Exchanges For Some Aaron Hernandez Jerseys Next Weekend

With NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez arrested on murder charges, some New England Patriots fans aren’t exactly happy they spent a lot of money buying an official Hernandez jersey. Thus, the team says it will allow people who purchased their jerseys through the official team store or website to refund their jersey next weekend. [More]

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NFL Banning Bags, Purses, Fanny Packs, Seat Cushions From Stadiums

For the last couple years, the NFL has been trying to get people into stadiums, especially in markets where seats are available but it’s easier and cheaper to sit at home and watch the game on a huge HDTV with surround sound (and no one spilling beer or throwing batteries at you). But the league’s latest move seems intent on keeping people away from stadiums and in the non-invasive comfort of their homes. [More]

Had the Ravens lost on Sunday, all this gear would have been donated to people in underdeveloped nations, rather than been featured on the NFL website.

Why A Super Bowl Loss Is Good News For Kids In Mongolia & Zambia

Even for people who don’t follow football, Super Bowl Sunday is a de facto holiday here in the U.S., filled with its own rituals, language and imagery. It’s also a time to celebrate for people in some underdeveloped countries, who will reap the benefit of the 100,000+ pieces of clothing that the NFL can’t sell. [More]

Just a tiny sampling of the Twitter hate for Fox.

Fox Mistakenly Thinks NFL Fans Don’t Like Watching Blowouts, Mocks Them For Getting Angry

This afternoon, football fans all around the country are supposed to be finishing their holiday by watching their favorite teams beat the living crud out of each other. But for some reason, the programmers at Fox think that football viewers have no rooting interests and just want to watch a competitive game. Fox is mistaken. [More]

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How Much Is The NFL Profiting From All This Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Merchandise?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and anyone who has watched an NFL game this month and seen players sporting pinks shoes and other accessories can tell you. But for all the talk about raising awareness of the deadly disease, is the NFL just looking at pink and seeing green? [More]

NFL Eases Up On Local TV Blackout Rule

NFL Eases Up On Local TV Blackout Rule

Average attendance at NFL games has dropped each of the past five years and is down 4.5% overall since 2007. Realizing that maybe it’s not the best idea to punish football fans by blacking out local TV broadcasts of home games that aren’t sold out, the NFL has decided to ease up on the rules governing when a game would be blacked out. [More]

Get Kicked Out Of NFL Game And You'll Have To Take A Class If You Ever Want Back In

Get Kicked Out Of NFL Game And You'll Have To Take A Class If You Ever Want Back In

Next time you’re at an NFL game and feel tempted to take to the field — naked, of course — to show off your kick-returning skills, be aware that your short-lived triumph may not only get you evicted from the stadium for the rest of the game, but will also mean you’ll need to take a class to get into any future games. [More]

Lawmakers Call For End To NFL Blackouts; Jacksonville Jaguars Fan Rejoices

For fans of football teams with poor stadium attendance, Sunday afternoons can be a dreary experience of having to watch Cheers re-runs while occasionally checking the score of the game you’d be watching if it weren’t blacked out. But if a quintet of senators get their way, these black outs would come to an end. [More]

DirecTV Dispute Keeps Viewers From Watching NFL Playoffs

DirecTV Dispute Keeps Viewers From Watching NFL Playoffs

Miami Dolphins fans are used to their team missing the playoffs, but they’re usually still allowed to watch other teams play out the postseason on DirecTV. That wasn’t the case this weekend, though, because a carriage dispute between the satellite provider and the owner of Miami’s Fox affiliate caused the channel to black out throughout the weekend. Two NFL playoff games were the highest-profile casualties of the tiff. [More]

Jacksonville Jaguars Owner: If You Don't Have Season Tickets, You're Not A Fan

Jacksonville Jaguars Owner: If You Don't Have Season Tickets, You're Not A Fan

The Jacksonville Jaguars have traditionally had difficulty selling out home games, and the franchise is apparently so frustrated that it has resorted to insulting those who don’t buy tickets. While introducing the team’s new head coach, new owner Shahid Kahn said he’s only interested in hearing criticism from ticket buyers. [More]

The Super Bowl Will Be Streamed Online & On Some Mobile Phones For The First Time

The Super Bowl Will Be Streamed Online & On Some Mobile Phones For The First Time

Not in front of the TV? No problem for those watching this year’s Super Bowl if you’ve got a computer with an Internet connection or certain mobile phones — Super Bowl XLVI will be streamed online for the first time ever, the NFL announced today. [More]