Sports

By Tim Graham | November 5, 2013 | 6:57 PM EST

While the NFL is embroiled in a scandal over athletes threatening death to other athletes with racial epithets, the NBA is fining coaches for fleeting expletives. Yahoo Sports reported Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman was fined $20,000 by the league for ranting at a post-game press conference.

This is tougher punishment than anything Obama's Federal Communications Commission has done, as the networks and the nation's leading courts have made TV safe for fleeting, unbleeped expletives. After years of inaction, Obama's outgoing FCC boss Julius Genachowski threw a huge pile of complaints on the trash heap.

By Tim Graham | October 13, 2013 | 11:13 PM EDT

After last December’s brouhaha over Bob Costas exploiting his NBC halftime commentary slot to roll out a controversial rant about how “Handguns do not enhance our safety” shortly after the death of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, one might think the Lecture Series would be on hold. But on Sunday night, Costas offered another liberal rant with no rebuttal – against the term “Redskins.”

For the first 90 seconds, he tried to sound reasonable, tried to stipulate that most people like “Redskins” just fine, including a majority of Native Americans. They all mean well. But they’re all wrong. “Redskins” can’t possibly be acceptable in today’s world, he proclaimed. He talked about how many college teams have knuckled under and removed Indian names -- again, in many cases despite majorities of Indians saying they didn’t mind. (Video and transcript below)

By Noel Sheppard | October 9, 2013 | 11:45 AM EDT

It's a metaphysical certitude you haven't heard of Tomas Hertl, but after what he did in Tuesday's game between the New York Rangers and the San Jose Sharks you will.

With the Sharks already ahead 7 to 2, and eight minutes left in the third period, Hertl made possibly the most spectacular goal in NHL history.

By Tim Graham | September 29, 2013 | 8:53 AM EDT

NPR took up the NFL as a topic, with author Gregg Easterbrook, a sports junkie and long-time writer for liberal magazines and sites like Slate.  On Wednesdays’s All Things Considered, anchor Robert Siegel seemed to sneer at the sport: “Football: part sport, part national addiction, part cult.”

Siegel told Easterbrook “Yours is one of the most conflicted books I've ever read. You love the game. And you document the umpteen ways in which it has forfeited any claim to your love. Why not say ‘Enough, goodbye, football’?” Easterbrook said “I love football and I want it reformed.” Both liberals and conservatives might be shocked that the massively profitable NFL is chartered as a nonprofit:

By Noel Sheppard | September 18, 2013 | 11:06 AM EDT

Every year, millions of Americans watch the Super Bowl, some just for the fabulous new commercials.

Next year, it's quite possible there's going to be an ad for marijuana.

By Tim Graham | September 8, 2013 | 6:35 PM EDT

Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise is so aggressive in opposing the “Redskins” name that he’s being accused by commenters of being racist toward a black man who plays “Chief Zee” at Redskins games.

At TheRoot.com – a Washington Post-owned website – Richard Prince noted that the Indian Country Today Media Network reported that readers felt that "Wise's story is rife with remarks that could be taken as playing on stereotypes of black Americans.” Such as:

By Noel Sheppard | August 23, 2013 | 11:48 AM EDT

As NewsBusters reported in June, tennis star Serena Williams thinks France's top 75 percent income tax rate "doesn't seem legal."

On the CBS Late Show Thursday, Williams took her criticism further telling host David Letterman that although she loves the city and spends a great deal of her time there, "I don't live in Paris. You know, they have that new tax rule which is like 75" (video follows with commentary):

By Ken Shepherd | August 21, 2013 | 12:04 PM EDT

The only team in professional football history to go undefeated getting a White House reception 40 years after the fact is worthy of real estate in print newspapers, but today's Washington Post elected to put a gauzy item on President Obama hosting the 1972 Dolphins not on the front page of the Sports section but the front page of the entire paper.

What's more, sports writer Liz Clarke all but infantilized those heroes of the gridiron, portraying them as "wide-eyed children" who could "stand a little taller" basking in Obama's presence (emphasis mine):

By Ken Shepherd | August 20, 2013 | 5:16 PM EDT

Leave it to the Lean Forward network to weave a war-on-women theme into just about anything. Today the network's Tamron Hall and Janet Shamlian hinted sexism was in play with a new NFL ban on large bans in stadiums. The move, they complained, disproportionately affected female football fans who might set out for the big game with a large bag or purse.

Here's how NewsNation host Tamron Hall introduced her show-ending "Gut Check" segment:

By Noel Sheppard | August 15, 2013 | 11:02 AM EDT

Although it's been in production for six years and will be very expensive to do, embattled baseball star Alex Rodriguez might be cut from an animated children's movie scheduled for release next April.

The film's executive producer Ray Negron initially told New York's Newsday that Rodriguez's parts will be completely edited out of the final version.

By Noel Sheppard | August 3, 2013 | 4:25 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has often reported, the folks at MSNBC have a disturbing habit of deceptively editing videos to radically change their meaning.

Maybe that's where MSNBC's Toure Neblett learned this, for on Friday, he dramatically edited a Magic Johnson tweet about Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper:

By Tim Graham | August 2, 2013 | 2:23 PM EDT

Leftist bloggers like Alyssa Rosenberg at Think Progress are agitating for NBC Sports to make the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia yet another moment for gay-Left activism, in protest of Russia’s crackdown against freedom of speech for the gay agenda. At the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles, NBC executives were pushed to promise assertively hostile coverage of current Russian sexual politics.

The leftist group calling themselves “Truth Wins Out” (appointed in 2011 as honorary camera operators for ABC News in trashing Michelle Bachmann) has started a petition drive proposing that Comcast and NBC-Universal should demonstrate their strong support for diversity by making MSNBC host Rachel Maddow a “human rights correspondent” for Olympic coverage: