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  • Facing a culture of violence

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    3 weeks ago

    If you know me, you know I love watching and playing sports. I played soccer and tennis in high school, and blew out both of my knees playing daily basketball in my 20s and 30s.  Last week, I brought my Derek Jeter shirt to the second day of Rosh Hashanah, and I have many times...

  • Blockers and tacklers: Jewish gridders gearing up for NFL campaign

    September 2, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    Blocking brothers, a college star seeking success in the pros, a fullback who hasn’t had a carry in four seasons and a couple of ace special teamers are among the Jewish players on NFL rosters as the league kicks off this week.

    A punter may join the group after sitting out the...

  • U.S. Patent Office cancels trademarks of NFL’s Redskins

    June 18, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the federal trademarks for the National Football League's Washington Redskins because they disparage Native Americans, the agency said on Wednesday.

    The decision by a Patent Office administrative tribunal followed years of...

  • Local Iranian-American convicted of defrauding former NBA, NFL exec in Ponzi scheme

    By Jared Sichel

    May 30, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    Shervin Neman, the Los Angeles man arrested last year after allegedly targeting Iranian Jews and other investors in a Ponzi scheme, was found guilty on May 16 of defrauding two people out of a total of $3 million — one of the victims being a former NBA and NFL executive, according...

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  • The Onion deploys Jewish slurs to skewer Redskins owner

    October 21, 2013 | 4:03 pm

    Last week, the Anti-Defamation League joined a number of groups and politicians urging the Washington Redskins to change their team’s name, already.

    Here’s another Jewish wrinkle: The Onion just posted an article that uses two anti-Jewish slurs (one twice) and two adjectival...

  • Sports teams should change racist names and logos, ADL says

    October 16, 2013 | 10:09 am

    Professional sports teams should seriously consider moving away from “the use of hurtful and offensive names, mascots and logos,” the Anti-Defamation League said.

    Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director, released a statement Tuesday amid increasing pressure on the Jewish...

  • Hillary, helmets, ‘Crossfire’ and cash

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 26, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Money, they say, is the mother’s milk of politics.  Also of news, sports and the rest of the entertainment industry.  Three recent stories drive that home. 

    When Reince Priebus pressured Comcast’s NBC to drop a miniseries starring Diane Lane as Hillary Clinton, the hostage that...

  • NFL, champion Ravens dismiss season opener on Rosh Hashanah

    March 19, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    The Baltimore Ravens and the NFL have agreed that the Super Bowl champions will not open their season — or the league's season — on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

    The team was scheduled to launch its season on Sept. 5, a Thursday night, but a conflict with baseball's Baltimore...

  • Survey: 27 percent of Americans see God’s hand in sports

    January 29, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Fewer than three in 10 Americans believe that God plays a role in determining sports outcomes, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

    That 27 percent believed in divine intervention in athletic competition was among the findings of the January Religion...

  • Bears bring in Jewish head coach, Marc Trestman

    January 16, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    The Chicago Bears hired a Jewish head coach, Marc Trestman.

    Trestman, 57, a longtime NFL assistant, was named Wednesday to his first head coaching post in the league. The 57-year-old Minneapolis native will be the only Jewish head coach in the National Football League.

    Over the...

  • Art Modell, ex-owner of NFL’s Browns and Ravens, dies

    September 6, 2012 | 9:26 am

    Art Modell, former owner of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, has died.

    The 87-year-old Modell, a pioneer of the National Football League’s partnership with television networks, died Thursday of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

    Modell was well-known...

  • Cleveland Browns sale ends 51-year Jewish ownership

    August 3, 2012 | 10:43 am

    The sale of the Cleveland Browns ends 51 years of Jewish ownership of the National Football League team. 

    The sale of the team to a group headed by truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam III was confirmed by the NFL Network on Aug. 2, according to the Cleveland Jewish News. The deal...

  • Browns sign Jewish offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz

    May 15, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz, a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, signed a four-year, $5.17 million contract with the team.

    Schwartz, a tackle from the University of California, Berkeley, was selected 37th overall in April’s draft. The Jewish player was...

  • Browns pick Schwartz in NFL draft

    May 2, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    The second round of the NFL draft was not 30 minutes old when the phone rang in the Schwartz home on the afternoon of April 27.

    The family recognized the Cleveland area code. Mitchell Schwartz, the Cal offensive lineman who was expecting to be drafted, picked up the phone. Then he...

  • Nothing trivial about these Jews on the gridiron

    By  Lee Barnathan

    April 25, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Trivia question: What family soon will represent 20 percent of the Jews in the National Football League?

    Answer: The one with Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz. Older son Geoff has played two seasons with the Carolina Panthers and now is under contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Younger...

  • Bob Kraft: New England Patriots’ Jewish owner

    January 23, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    When the National Football League lockout ended this past August, Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday praised Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots stating, “Without him, this deal does not get done, he is a man who helped us save football.” Now just six short months...

  • QB’s signature pose has Jews and gentiles ‘Tebowing’

    December 13, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    The biggest story in the NFL this season is Tim Tebow, a devout Christian quarterback who doesn’t throw very well but has helped the Denver Broncos pull off a string of last-second victories.

    But the rugged Tebow’s signature move comes when play has stopped—taking a knee in...

  • Howard Cosell: The man fans loved to hate

    December 1, 2011 | 11:22 am

    When Howard Cosell achieved fame as a sports journalist, the last thing he wanted was to be thought of as a Jewish sports journalist. But because of his insecurities, his condescension toward others, and his big mouth, that is exactly how Cosell (1918-1995) came to be perceived. He...

  • Al Davis, maverick owner of Oakland Raiders, dies

    October 9, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    Al Davis, the maverick owner of the Oakland Raiders, has died.

    Davis, who served as coach and general manager of the NFL team and later became its principal owner, died at his home in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday—Yom Kippur—according to the team’s website. He was 82.

    Davis was...

  • ESPN pulls Hank Williams Jr. MNF intro over Hitler remark

    October 4, 2011 | 10:54 am

    ESPN pulled its “Monday Night Football” introduction by Hank Williams Jr. after the singer compared President Obama to Hitler.

    The song was pulled from the introduction to Monday night’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    ESPN said in a statement that it...

  • Philanthropist Myra Kraft, wife of Patriots owner, dies

    July 20, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Philanthropist Myra Kraft, the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has died.

    Kraft died Wednesday following a long battle with cancer, according to an announcement from the team. She was 68.

    She was the president and director of the New England Patriots Charitable...

  • The laws according to a Super Model, Gisele Bündchen!

    By Julia Bendis

    June 9, 2011 | 11:50 am

    Have you heard the breaking news?

    Gisele Bündchen, the Victoria’s Secret supermodel and a wife of pretty-boy NFL star Tom Brady has announced that she would like to pass a law mandating Mothers having to Breastfeed their babies for a minimum of six (6) months!  Yes, the skinny...

  • Tiki Barber compares himself to Anne Frank, gets slammed by ADL

    May 27, 2011 | 9:54 am

    The Anti-Defamation League slammed retired football player and former NBC broadcaster Tiki Barber for jokingly comparing himself to Anne Frank.

    In a recent Sports Illustrated profile, the former New York Giants’ running back discussed living with his girlfriend in the attic of his...

  • Chai Lifeline to send 12-year-old to the Super Bowl

    By Ryan Torok

    February 4, 2011 | 2:44 pm

    Adam Wolf, a 12-year-old with cerebral palsy, was stunned when Randi Grossman, West Coast director of the Chai Lifeline, called to tell him that the organization would pay for him to go to the Super Bowl.

    “He said, ‘Are you kidding me? This is amazing,’” Wolf’s mother, Ali...

  • Redskins’ owner suing paper for defamation, claims anti-Semitism

    February 3, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    Washington Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder has filed a defamation lawsuit against an alternative D.C. newspaper, claiming in part that the paper’s depiction of him was anti-Semitic.

    Snyder, who has owned the National Football League’s Redskins since 1999 and also owns the Six Flags...

  • Ricky Williams: Star running back flirts with Judaism

    January 7, 2011 | 10:00 am

    From TabletMag.com:

    Over the summer, New York Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire grabbed headlines—and not just Tablet Magazine’s—for his trip to Israel and flirtation with Judaism. Yesterday brought news of another quirky, über-talented black athlete’s earnest...

  • NFL Team Schedules Two Games on High Holidays - Player Speaks Out

    By Jay Firestone

    April 23, 2009 | 1:14 pm

    The New York Jets have scheduled two of their home games (one of which is the home opener) on the High Holidays, causing uproar in the Jewish community.  I’m curious as to how many fans will actually skip the Jets games for synagogue.  Here’s my first NFL prediction of the year:...

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