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Oct 8, 2013

Oneidas campaign to change Redskins mascot

The Oneida Indian Nation on Monday hosted a symposium on its “Change the Mascot” campaign to push to have the National Football League team Washington Redskins change their name. The Nation claims the name and team’s logo, featuring a dark-skinned Native American wearing feathers, is offensive, particularly Redskins, which they consider a racial slur. Ray […]

Jun 26, 2013

NFL’s seat cushion ban cold reality for Bills fans

ORCHARD PARK — The National Football League’s ban on seat cushions is hitting some Buffalo Bills fans right where it hurts. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, NFL owners approved a series of new security measures for stadiums starting this season. They include banning fans from bringing seat cushions into games for fear […]

Apr 24, 2013

NFL agrees to measures to protect gay athletes

ALBANY — The NFL is taking action to better protect gay players from harassment and discrimination as a result of meetings with the state’s attorney general. Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday that the NFL will promote what he calls a “culture of inclusion” for gay players and recruits and other prospective players. The […]

Mar 15, 2013

NY AG: NFL must act on sexual orientation concerns

  ALBANY — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman urged the NFL on Thursday to investigate whether possible draft picks were improperly asked about their sexual orientation during the league’s combine, which he said would be illegal in New York. “We ask that the league immediately issue a statement that any form of discrimination or […]

Sep 13, 2012

National Football League seeks to dismiss concussion MDL

Hitting back in the multi-district litigation brought by current and former professional football players alleging injuries from head trauma, the National Football League has filed a motion to dismiss the suits as “labor disputes” preempted by federal law. As expected, the NFL argued that the case should be dismissed because the claims are covered by […]

Sep 29, 2011

Rochester to remain home for Bills training camp

PITTSFORD — The Buffalo Bills have extended their agreement to continue holding training camp at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester. The length of the extension was not disclosed during a news conference held at the college on Thursday.

Jul 19, 2011

Retired players join NFL talks Tuesday in New York

NEW YORK CITY — Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller and lawyers for retired NFL players are meeting with representatives of owners and current players at a New York law firm for talks aimed at ending the lockout.

Jul 15, 2011

AP sources: NFL players, owners making progress

NEW YORK CITY — Significant progress on a major sticking point in the NFL labor impasse — soaring rookie salaries — during marathon talks Thursday raised hopes that a tentative agreement in principle could perhaps come within 24 hours, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

Jul 13, 2011

QBs: It’s time for NFL deal

NEW YORK CITY — Calling the players' offer "fair for both sides," star quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees — plaintiffs in the antitrust suit against the NFL — said Wednesday "it is time" to wrap up negotiations on a deal to end the league's lockout.

Jul 8, 2011

Owners, NFLPA members meet again in New York

NEW YORK CITY — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith have arrived to start a second straight day of negotiations at a law firm in Manhattan. Members of the NFL Players' Association executive board and owners are meeting ...

Jul 7, 2011

AG investigating NFL lockout

ALBANY — New York's attorney general has begun an antitrust investigation into the NFL lockout of football players, requesting information from both the league and the players' union about the economic impact.

Apr 11, 2011

Report: Judge to force mediation with NFL, players

NEW YORK CITY — The judge who will rule on the NFL players' request to lift the lockout imposed by the owners told both sides she'll impose forced mediation early this week, according to

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