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  • NFL Advocates Unplanned Pregnancies in Super Bowl Babies Commercial.  What’s in it for Jews?

    By Pini Herman

    5 days ago

    While Planned Parenthood is being attacked and defunded resulting in significant increases in unplanned pregnancies, the National Football League is hailing spikes in births of winning cities nine months following the Super Bowl.  It is almost a given that many of these births may...

  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft to receive honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University

    1 week ago

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a noted philanthropist, will receive an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University.

    Kraft, a noted philanthropist, also will deliver the keynote address at the New York Jewish school’s 85th commencement ceremony at Madison Square Garden in...

  • Super Bowl 50: Denver, Charlotte rabbis each wager theirs is the chosen team

    1 week ago

    When the Denver Broncos face the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, only one team will emerge victorious. But two rabbis are giving the nation’s most-watched sporting event a win-win outcome.

    Rabbi Judith Schindler of Temple Beth El in Charlotte and Rabbi Joe Black of...

  • Sheldon Adelson in talks to build Las Vegas stadium for Oakland Raiders

    2 weeks ago

    Sheldon Adelson met with the owner of the Oakland Raiders team owner to discuss the casino mogul’s plan to build a billion-dollar stadium for the NFL team.

    On Friday, the same day of the meeting, Mark Davis also toured the site of Adelson’s proposed 65,000-seat stadium on the...

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  • Patriots star Julian Edelman honored as 4th-best Jewish football player of all time

    3 weeks ago

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has never been elected to a Pro Bowl — the NFL’s all star game — but he can now add a Jewish honor to his resume.

    He is the fourth-best Jewish football player ever, the American Jewish Historical Society announced Thursday.

    The...

  • The call of the Rams to Jewish fans

    January 14, 2016 | 4:45 pm

    With a giant headline usually reserved for declarations of war, the Los Angeles Times announced on Jan. 13 that the Rams were bringing pro football back to L.A. But perhaps a shofar should have been sounded instead, considering the Jewish heritage of the team’s former owner — not...

  • St. Louis Rams approved for relocation to Los Angeles

    January 12, 2016 | 5:58 pm

    The St. Louis Rams are headed to Los Angeles and the San Diego Chargers have an option to join them after NFL owners voted on Tuesday to end the league's 21-year absence in the United States' second-largest TV market.

    Owners voted overwhelmingly to give the Rams approval to...

  • Top Reform bodies renew call for Redskins to change name, logo

    December 15, 2015 | 2:54 pm

    Two top Reform movement groups reiterated their call on the Washington Redskins NFL franchise to change its name and logo.

    “’Redskin’ is a racial slur that references the deplorable treatment of American Indians that has been a significant part of this country’s history,” Rabbi...

  • Patriots star Julian Edelman blows through Israel

    August 25, 2015 | 10:16 am

    Ever since New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman’s breakout performance in the Super Bowl last February, football fans have wondered whether they could proudly count him as a member of the tribe.

    His latest trip to Israel certainly helps them make the case. Few NFL...

  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft: NFL suspension of Tom Brady ‘unfathomable’

    July 29, 2015 | 10:32 am

    Robert Kraft, the Jewish owner of the New England Patriots, slammed the National Football League for suspending Tom Brady, his team’s star quarterback, for the first four games of the upcoming season.

    In a statement Wednesday, Kraft called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s...

  • What if football’s opening weekend acknowledged Rosh Hashanah?

    May 11, 2015 | 12:36 pm

    Much has been made of the start date of the 2015 NFL season, which falls on Erev Rosh Hashanah.

    But the truth is that football always starts around the Jewish New Year in September. What if Jewish football fans pushed to integrate Rosh Hashanah into the opening game broadcasts?...

  • NFL schedule: Jews won’t be happy about football’s Rosh Hashanah start date

    April 22, 2015 | 10:42 am

    On Rosh Hashanah, according to the liturgy, our fate is written in the Book of Life.

    But Jewish football fans may be spending the holiday thinking about something else: the NFL opening games they are missing.

    The 2015 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday, and the season kickoff...

  • Former Patriots star Hernandez gets life in prison for 2013 killing

    April 15, 2015 | 8:51 am

    Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for murdering an acquaintance in an industrial park near his Massachusetts home, concluding the first of two murder trials he faces this year.

    A Massachusetts jury found Hernandez,...

  • The Patriots’ Julian Edelman’s Jewish ties

    February 2, 2015 | 11:39 am

    During the Super Bowl Sunday night, many Jews across the country no doubt had the same question: Is Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman Jewish?

    Edelman had an excellent game Sunday night, catching nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in New England’s dramatic comeback...

  • Tom Brady has a menorah

    January 30, 2015 | 11:41 am

    Celebrated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a couple of Jewish connections.

    Since 2012, his brother-in-law has been Kevin Youkilis, the former all-star third baseman for the Boston Red Sox who’s now retired from baseball. The owner of the Patriots, the only team...

  • What Jewish ethics tell us about ‘Deflategate’

    January 27, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    “Deflategate,” the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots that has made national news, made its way to a Houston business conference led by a rabbi.

    Rabbi Yossi Grossman, dean of the Jewish Ethics Institute, on Monday transformed the football prattle into a high-minded...

  • New ways to detect brain damage could be huge for NFL

    December 1, 2014 | 3:43 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Football has come under increased scrutiny following findings that the contact sport has been causing serious brain trauma in players. Now, a team of researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev's (BGU) Brain...

  • Facing a culture of violence

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    October 3, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    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...

  • 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...

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