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NFL Hires Its First Female Official

By Jim McCoy Wed 8th April SportsNFLofficialsSarah Thomas

The NFL has hired Sarah Thomas to be its first female full-time game official.

Thomas, who has worked exhibition games, will be a line judge for the 2015 season.

The 41-year-old Thomas has been in the league's officiating development program and worked some team minicamps last year.

She's already broken ground in the officiating field as the first woRead More »

Vikings GM Expects Adrian Peterson Will Remain With Team

By Jim McCoy Wed 18th February SportsAdrian PetersonMinnesota VikingsNFL
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says he expects star running back Adrian Peterson to stay with the team this season. Several high-ranking Vikings officials have expressed their desire to bring Peterson back in recent weeks, and Spielman's comments to reporters at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis were the strongest yet. Spielman said he believes the "whole Read More »

Super Bowl A TV Ratings Bonanza

By Jim McCoy Mon 2nd February SportsNFLSuper Bowl 49TV ratings
Despite the scandals that have plagued the NFL, last night's Super Bowl may have set a record for viewership.Read More »

Border Protection Lends A Hand For Super Bowl Security

By Jim McCoy Mon 26th January SportsNFLsecuritySuper Bowl 49
Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort. U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed off the technology Monday as it helps with Super Bowl security. Commissioner R.Read More »

Polumalu Among Finalists Named For NFL Sportmanship Award

By Jim McCoy Thu 22nd January SportsNFLRooney Award
The NFL will name an annual award recognizing outstanding sportsmanship on the field in honor of the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers Art Rooney Sr. The winner selected by the vote of the players will be announced at the "NFL Honors" show on Saturday, Jan.Read More »

Analysis: NFL's HGH Testing Is Flawed

By Jim McCoy Thu 6th November SportsNFLPEDs
Exactly one month has passed since the NFL instituted blood testing for human growth hormone - a test experts say is almost impossible to fail. An AP analysis of the testing protocol approved by the league and the NFL Players Association after more than three years of wrangling found that only the most reckless or uninformed player would seem to have a chance of getting caught using HGH. Read More »

British Government Wants NFL Team In London

By Jim McCoy Wed 22nd October SportsLondonNFL
The British government wants an NFL team based in London. George Osborne, the British treasury chief, told the Evening Standard newspaper on Wednesday that the government will do whatever it can "to make this happen." The NFL has been playing regular-season games at Wembley Stadium every year since 2007, and this season there are three games on the schedule. The NFL saysRead More »

NFL Will Hand Out Longer Suspensions For Domestic Violence

By Jim McCoy Thu 28th August Sportsdomestic violenceNFL
NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell. In a letter and memo sent to all 32 teams owners Thursday, and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell says he "didn't get it right" in giving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice a two-game suRead More »

Super Bowl Rematch Set For Thursday Night

By Jim McCoy Wed 6th August SportsDenver BroncosNFLSeattle Seahawks
When the Seattle Seahawks visit the Broncos for a preseason kickoff Thursday night, they'll see a Denver defense that was reshaped with them in mind - along with a team still smarting over all that trash talk during and after the Super Bowl. The Broncos responded to that 43-8 shellacking by adding thumpers DeMarcus Ware, T.J.Read More »

Ex-NFLers Accuse League of Illegally Administering Drugs

By Jim McCoy Tue 20th May SportsdrugsNFLsafety
A group of retired NFL players says in a lawsuit that the league illegally supplied them with risky painkillers that numbed their injuries and led to medical complications. Attorney Steven Silverman says his firm filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco. The lawsuit takes aim at what it calls the league's culture of drug misuse.Read More »

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