On Wednesday night, Michael Sam of the St. Louis Rams—who made history earlier this year when he became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL—received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPYs. Sam delivered a heartfelt speech about having courage in yourself. READ FULL STORY
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For several years now, some Native-American groups have protested the nickname of one of the NFL’s signature franchises: the Washington Redskins. The Kansas City Chiefs, apparently, are acceptable, but Redskins, to many Native-Americans, is a derogatory term. It’s also been the name of the Washington football franchise since 1937 and, thus, is a billion-dollar brand for the league.
Before the Super Bowl earlier this year, the National Congress of American Indians posted a video online, titled “Proud to Be,” urging the league to change Washington’s nickname. On Tuesday night, during halftime of ABC’s telecast of the NBA Finals, an abbreviated version of the two-minute clip aired in seven major markets. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY
Michael Sam’s reaction to being drafted by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday has pretty much got to be the best reaction ever in the history of the NFL Draft.
For starters, the selection made history: Sam is the first openly gay football player to be drafted by an NFL team. And secondly, the video of Sam receiving the news is a multiple-tissues-worthy expression of happiness and love as he and his boyfriend weep, hold each other, and kiss. Take a look:
Sam was the 249th overall pick in the draft. He was named Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year in the final year of his career at University of Missouri.
President Obama extended his congratulations to Sam, sending this statement through the White House: “From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.”
Twitter is also pretty excited to see Sam enter the NFL:
Radio City Music Hall chanting, “Michael Sam! Michael Sam! Michael Sam!”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 10, 2014
Congrats, Michael Sam. Congrats, Rams. And apologies to picks 250-256 but I miiiiiight call it a day. — Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) May 10, 2014
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins34) May 10, 2014
Congratulations to Michael Sam. It’s a victory for LOVE. — John Legend (@johnlegend) May 10, 2014
The NFL is television’s unchallenged goliath, setting new viewing records last season that helped the league generate approximately $10 billion. But one businessman sees trouble on the horizon. Outspoken billionaire NBA owner Mark Cuban (Shark Tank) predicted an NFL “implosion” in the next decade, pointing to overexposure, as well as the sport’s health and safety concerns, as a recipe for disaster. “They’re trying to take over every night of TV,” Cuban told ESPN, while discussing the league’s recent deal with CBS to air Thursday-night games on free TV. “Initially, it’ll be, ‘Yeah, they’re the biggest-rating thing that there is.’ Okay, Thursday, that’s great… Then if [the NFL] gets Saturday, now you’re impacting colleges. Now it’s on four days a week. It’s all football. At some point, the people get sick of it.”
In a followup Facebook post, Cuban played out the NFL’s hypothetical takeover of prime time and asked, “Will we see a Who Wants to be a Millionaire effect?” referring to that show’s law-of-diminishing-returns demise after it became a daily fixture.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Barack Obama will take his second oath of office. Find out what else is on our pop culture radar this week below!
One day after NFL player Jovan Belcher murdered the mother of his 3-month-old daughter and took his own life in the parking lot of the team’s practice facility, his Kansas City Chiefs took the field to play the Carolina Panthers, winning 27-21. Clearly, though, the mourning team’s victory was not the main story, as teammates, fans, and the media tried to make sense of the tragedy.
It was so awful that Bob Costas used his powerful perch during halftime of NBC’s primetime broadcast last night to bring attention to a gun-culture that he says makes such tragedies all too common. Quoting Kansas City-based sportswriter Jason Whitlock’s Saturday-night column, he said, “Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. … If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.” Watch it below: READ FULL STORY
One Direction is Pepsi’s newest pop star.
The soda company is partnering with the boy band and NFL star Drew Brees for an ad that will debut this week. The clip shows One Direction and Brees in a head-to-head competition for a can of Pepsi. Brees also performs with the group. It’s part of Pepsi’s “Live for Now” campaign, which has also featured Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry. READ FULL STORY
Have you ever heard 70,000 sports fans cheer for an official? Well, tune in tonight during the opening moments of the football game between Cleveland and Baltimore. After three wretched weeks of amateur officiating from scabs who were treated like overwhelmed substitute teachers, the NFL has ended its lockout of the ref’s union and both sides have agreed to end the impasse. READ FULL STORY
President Obama and the Democrats get their chance to respond to last week’s Republican convention, as their own three-night infomercial kicks off Tuesday night in Charlotte. The Republicans had to deal with a hurricane that spared Tampa but flooded the Gulf Coast. The Democrats have their own sideshow problems: The NFL season kicks off Wednesday night.
If you’re already conventioned out, and the first blitz of football fever makes you twitch, there’s still plenty of top-notch entertainment to consume, beginning with tonight’s Breaking Bad and culminating with the premiere-packed opening weekend at the Toronto Film Festival. READ FULL STORY
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