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NFL commits $250M over 10-year period to combat systemic racism
Jun 11, 2020
The NFL, which first began a social justice program after players protested police brutality and racial injustice several years ago, announced Thursday it will commit a quarter of a billion dollars over 10 years to a fund to combat systemic racism and support the battle against injustices faced by African Americans.
Important salary-cap negotiations loom for NFL, NFLPA
Jun 02, 2020
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Judy Battista report the NFL and NFLPA acknowledge that important negotiations are coming quickly to determine how to handle yearly salary caps for 2020 and beyond, considering there are likely to be steep revenue losses due to COVID-19.
Virtual offseason program set to begin April 20
Apr 13, 2020
The NFL and the players union have agreed to a virtual off-season program that will provide the chance for classroom instruction, workouts and non-football education programs while team facilities remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tom Brady exhibits reassuring sameness in Buccaneers debut
Mar 24, 2020
There was a reassuring sameness to Tom Brady in his introductory conference call as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback. Judy Battista says this is bad news for reporters, but good news for one of the NFL's most anonymous franchises.
NFL players approve CBA: Impact on league in 2020 and beyond
Mar 15, 2020
After 10 months of negotiations, some very public player splintering, a little last-minute tinkering and even the election of a new union president, the NFL has a new collective bargaining agreement. Judy Battista explains how this will impact the league in 2020 and beyond.
Chiefs' Andy Reid finally caps remarkable resume with Lombardi
Feb 02, 2020
Andy Reid waited 15 years to get back to the Super Bowl, and on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs coach didn't let this one slip away. Judy Battista writes how the pressure to win the Lombardi has been lifted for Reid and those close to him.
NFL reveals 2019 injury data, hopeful rule changes are working
Jan 23, 2020
The number of diagnosed concussions suffered in 2019 increased slightly over the previous season, an indication, the NFL hopes, that recent rules and equipment changes mean the dramatic drop in concussions in 2018 was not an anomaly. Judy Battista reports on the findings.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class thick with NFL history
Jan 15, 2020
The special Centennial Class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame was announced Wednesday morning on NFL Network, sending 15 individuals to football immortality in Canton. Judy Battista explores a group of individuals that spans league history.
NFL, NFLPA hold forum on CBD use for pain management
Jan 14, 2020
The Pain Management Committee of the NFL and the NFL Players Association held a fact-finding forum today with manufacturers of products that use CBD in sports medicine to learn more about its potential benefits in the area of pain management.
Cowboys fire Jason Garrett: Will Jerry Jones adjust for next HC?
Jan 05, 2020
As Jerry Jones searches for a new coach after a massively disappointing season and prolonged divorce from Jason Garrett, Judy Battista says the Dallas Cowboys owner might have to change to land the right person for the job.
Patriots' offense finds identity in division-clinching win over Bills
Dec 21, 2019
The New England Patriots have looked vulnerable for much of the season but put together a quality performance when they needed it most. Judy Battista examines how the Patriots turned the corner in Week 16 to defeat the Buffalo Bills.
NFL's All-Time Team: Tight ends, offensive linemen revealed
Dec 13, 2019
On Friday night, NFL Network revealed 18 offensive linemen, five tight ends and four head coaches on the NFL's All-Time Team. Judy Battista, a member of the 26-person panel that selected the squad, examines the honorees at each spot.
Chiefs careful not to write off Patriots after win in Foxborough
Dec 08, 2019
New England was written off last year before beating Kansas City and winning another Super Bowl. Judy Battista writes that the Chiefs were very careful not to write off the Patriots on Sunday despite handing them a third loss in five games.
NFL's All-Time Team: Defensive backs, special teams revealed
Dec 06, 2019
On Friday night, NFL Network revealed 13 defensive backs, six special teamers and a head coach who made the NFL's All-Time Team. Judy Battista, a member of the 26-person panel that selected the squad, examines the honorees at each spot.
Lamar Jackson leads Ravens over 49ers in old-school slugfest
Dec 01, 2019
Baltimore has wowed the football world all season long with flashy, highlight-reel moments. But in Sunday's win over the 49ers, the Ravens proved they can beat another NFL heavyweight in an old-school slugfest, writes Judy Battista.
Jerry Jones left 'frustrated' after error-prone Cowboys fall to Pats
Nov 24, 2019
The Dallas Cowboys were undone Sunday by mistakes and bad decisions, leaving Jerry Jones frustrated in the process. For the Patriots, however, the win showed how much this team needs to benefit from such miscues, Judy Battista writes.
Jets top rival Giants in battle of lost New York football teams
Nov 10, 2019
Two lost seasons, two lost NFL teams in New York. With a win over their rivals on Sunday, the Jets earned a reprieve -- for a week, at least -- while the reeling Giants head into their bye in desperate need of answers, Judy Battista writes.
Jacoby Brissett's monster day moves Colts to top of AFC South
Oct 20, 2019
The Colts became Jacoby Brissett's team less than two months ago, but the backup turned starter has the Colts sitting atop the AFC South. Judy Battista examines how the Colts got to this point and why they're becoming a contender.
Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook help Minnesota Vikings right ship
Oct 06, 2019
After a turbulent week in which Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs expressed frustration with the Vikings' offense, the unit racked up 490 yards in a win over the New York Giants. Judy Battista writes all is well in Minnesota -- at least for one week.
Buffalo Bills, Josh Allen at pivotal moment after loss to Patriots
Sep 29, 2019
Buffalo's playoff-caliber defense was on full display in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, but its offense -- specifically Josh Allen -- struggled to execute. How the Bills' young QB continues to develop will determine how far the team goes this season, Judy Battista writes.
Antonio Brown makes Patriots debut as NFL investigation looms
Sep 15, 2019
Antonio Brown was back on the field Sunday as he made his debut with the New England Patriots. But it remains to be seen how long he will remain eligible as the NFL's investigation into sexual assault allegations against him is set to begin in earnest this week, Judy Battista writes.
Patriots signing Antonio Brown exhibits winning above all else
Sep 07, 2019
Antonio Brown's antics finally outpaced his physical gifts on Saturday, as the Oakland Raiders released the All-Pro wideout. Only hours later, Brown landed with the New England Patriots. Judy Battista explores the next chapter in the A.B. saga.
Fifty-four NFL things to watch on the road to Super Bowl LIV
Sep 02, 2019
Week 1 is here! And so are a boatload of questions about the 2019 season. Which games will be must-see TV? Which players will define the coming months? Which trends will take off? Judy Battista identifies 54 things to watch on the road to Super Bowl LIV.
Pass interference replay review: A stunning, needed sea change
Mar 27, 2019
On Tuesday, NFL owners approved a rule proposal that allows for offensive and defensive pass interference, including non-calls, to be subject to review. Judy Battista explains why this is a shocking -- and necessary -- sea change.