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Archive: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

This Isn't Golf

Unlike many other major sports, football doesn't have many iconic venues left. If it did, perhaps the site of the Super Bowl would count for something.

By Gene Wang | May 22, 2009; 1:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

It's All About Branding

There's reason to believe that the NFL is changing how it views the Super Bowl, turning it from a way to reward loyal NFL cities in warm climates with a fat payout and a compelling carrot for cold weather cities to build new stadiums to a way for the league to broadly expand its larger fan clientele and, in one case, the markets where the league belongs.

By Cameron Smith | May 22, 2009; 6:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Focus On Economy, Parity

Roger Goodell is certainly determined to make American Football the world's favorite sport, but taking the country's greatest sporting event and outsourcing it to places that see the game as a novelty cheapens the experience.

By Doug Farrar | May 22, 2009; 6:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not in Europe

The NFL, which has the best product in the world in my opinion, doesn't like being told "We're not interested." It's like, "Don't you people know who we are? We're the superior NFL!" The fact that nobody cares in most of the rest of the world is something the league just cannot accept.

By Kornheiser & Wilbon | May 22, 2009; 6:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Who Cares, Just Win

Ultimately, the Super Bowl comes down to the show and the spectacle on television. Every other facet about the fun surrounding the Super Bowl is lost on a regular person sitting at home on their couch.

By C.J. Holley | May 22, 2009; 6:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Deserves Opportunity

What would it say about the priorities of the league if Vick is treated worse for killing dogs than another human being -- as in the case of Leonard Little or Donte Stallworth.

By Rob Rang | May 21, 2009; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Suspend, but Reinstate

Having Vick sit out the first eight games sounds about right.

By Desmond Bieler | May 20, 2009; 8:31 PM ET | Comments (3)

Building a New Image

Because of the vitriolic reaction to his dog fighting ring, and Vick's past, the NFL can't reinstate him ... yet. But they could soon, if Vick makes the right moves by working hard at his new construction job, proving that he can be a successful team player again.

By Gene Grabowski | May 20, 2009; 6:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who Even Wants Him?

Whether Michael Vick will be re-instated is actually irrelevant, because while he almost certainly will, a much greater issue is who should want him?

By Les Carpenter | May 20, 2009; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (6)

One Last Chance

The NFL should give Michael Vick a non-negotiable last chance to play football.

By Gene Wang | May 19, 2009; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (3)

Ban Vick for Life?

I see no reason why Goodell would ever let Michael Vick back under the lucrative NFL Shield.

By Emil Steiner | May 19, 2009; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (38)

The NFL Will Bend

The current Commissioner has proven that the need to fill the coffers trumps most everything else in his mind.

By Doug Farrar | May 19, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (3)

May 19 Winner: cohenra

Anybody who needs another "talking head" to break down a game that is sheer brutality masked as a sport is, as a wiser man than me would put it, "an idiot."

By TOP COMMENTER | May 19, 2009; 6:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

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