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This 'Madden' ad with Dave Franco and Kevin Hart is absolutely bananas

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With a new season of football on the horizon, a new version of Madden NFL Football comes to video game consoles everywhere—just as it was in the beginning.

To celebrate this week’s release of the 2015 edition, Kevin Hart and Dave “I’m the Better” Franco star in what might possibly be the greatest or worst video game commercial ever made. You kind of have to judge for yourself.

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As revenue drops, the makers of 'FarmVille' announce sports games

Former social gaming giant Zynga is going for the ol’ Hail Mary: The company announced Thursday that they’ve struck deals with the NFL and pro golfer Tiger Woods to develop a series of sports games for mobile devices.

While new sports games for mobile phones aren’t much to get excited about, the fact that Zynga has locked down an NFL licensing deal is an interesting development in the company’s years-long struggle to pull itself from the brink of disaster.

USA Today reports that the deals came just as Zynga shares dropped 7 percent in after-hours trading when the company’s second-quarter earnings failed to meet expectations.

For a brief period of time, Zynga was inescapable. If you had a Facebook account and any number of friends, chances are that between posting photos and commenting on statuses, you had a farm to run. FarmVille was Zynga’s magnum opus, the amusement that perfected the company’s addictive Facebook-game formula of giving players Pavlovian diversions while encouraging them to spam friends and pay small amounts of money in order to advance more quickly. Within days of its 2009 launch, FarmVille had 32 million people playing every day. It would eventually spawn a sequel.

But in December 2011 Zynga went public, and its troubles began. Seven months later, the company’s stock crashed, serving as a reminder of the truth behind that old cliche about keeping all of your eggs in one basket. Ironically, the company had taken steps to distance itself from that basket—Facebookjust one month prior.

Although Zynga hired Don Mattrick, the former head of Microsoft’s entertainment division, to help turn the company around last year, Zynga still lacks another bona fide, Candy Crush-level hit.

The company’s Tiger Woods golf game will launch in 2015. The first football game, NFL Showdown, a management sim, is “coming soon.

Michael Sam's emotional speech at the ESPYs: 'I know this storm will end'

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

Anti-Redskins commercial reappears during NBA Finals -- VIDEO

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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 and boyfriend react to NFL Draft news; Obama, Twitter celebrate -- VIDEO

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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:

While Mark Cuban blows smoke, we ask: Why can't the NFL play on Saturdays?

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.

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PopWatch Planner: Obama's second inauguration, 'Movie 43' and more

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!

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Bob Costas takes heat for gun-control commentary on 'Sunday Night Football'

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 and Drew Brees team up for Pepsi -- VIDEO

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

NFL referees back in stripes tonight: Will fans cheer them?

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

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