Last week, the Anti-Defamation League joined a number of groups and politicians urging the Washington Redskins to change their team’s name, already.
Professional sports teams should seriously consider moving away from “the use of hurtful and offensive names, mascots and logos,” the Anti-Defamation League said.
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.
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.
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.
The Chicago Bears hired a Jewish head coach, Marc Trestman.
Art Modell, former owner of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, has died.
The sale of the Cleveland Browns ends 51 years of Jewish ownership of the National Football League team.
Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz, a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, signed a four-year, $5.17 million contract with the team.
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.
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 brother Mitchell, who will almost surely be drafted this week, will join him.
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 later, it is Kraft’s New England Patriots who are at the top of the very game he saved and set to take on the New York Giants February 5th in Super Bowl XLVI (46).
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.
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.
Al Davis, the maverick owner of the Oakland Raiders, has died.
ESPN pulled its "Monday Night Football" introduction by Hank Williams Jr. after the singer compared President Obama to Hitler.
Philanthropist Myra Kraft, the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has died.
The Anti-Defamation League slammed retired football player and former NBC broadcaster Tiki Barber for jokingly comparing himself to Anne Frank.
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.
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 amusement park chain, filed a $2 million lawsuit Wednesday against Atalaya Capital Management, which owns the Washington City Paper.
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 philo-Semitism: Ricky Williams of the Miami Dolphins (though he wants to be traded) revealed that he has been studying Hebrew and recently observed the Jewish Sabbath by dipping three times in his unheated hot tub and then spending from Friday evening through Saturday evening abstaining from television and reading. “When the day shifted from Saturday afternoon to Saturday night, even my thoughts shifted,” he related. “There was something very pure about that Saturday” (you can listen here). His wife apparently jokes that he is going to turn Tribe.