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He Declined a Deal Last Year. It Just Paid Off

Receiver Justin Jefferson signs $140M deal with Vikings, making him highest-paid non-QB ever

(Newser) - Justin Jefferson is an NFL wide receiver who's now making star-quarterback money. The 24-year-old just signed a four-year deal to stay with the Minnesota Vikings for $140 million, making him the highest-paid nonquarterback in league history, reports NFL.com . As ESPN notes, Jefferson declined a lucrative contract renewal at...

Brady: It Was a 'No-Brainer' to Take $375M Fox Deal

Super Bowl champ to appear in first gig as analyst on Sept. 8 for Cowboys-Browns game

(Newser) - Tom Brady has kept pretty busy since retiring from the NFL, making Dunkin' ads and getting roasted . Now, the ex-Patriots champ has an honest day's work to look forward to: He'll make his broadcast debut on Sept. 8 as a lead analyst for Fox, during the Sept. 8...

NFL Gives Green Light to Guardian Caps in Games

League won't mandate soft-shell helmet covering in games, but players can wear if they want to

(Newser) - The NFL announced Friday it will allow players to wear protective soft-shell helmet covers known as Guardian Caps during games next season if they choose. The league is also expanding the use of the devices during practices. Defensive backs and receivers have joined the position groups now required to wear...

Reggie Bush Gets His Heisman Trophy Back

Heisman Trophy Trust says it 'considered the enormous changes in college athletics'

(Newser) - Reggie Bush is the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner for the second time in his life. The Heisman Trophy Trust on Wednesday announced he would be getting his Heisman Trophy back, more than a decade after Bush returned the award following an NCAA investigation that determined he received improper benefits...

NFL Owners Approve 'Drastic' Change to Kickoff Rules

Kickoff returns are returning

(Newser) - Kickoff returns are returning to the NFL. Team owners on Tuesday approved a new rule that will take what essentially had become "a dead play" and make it an integral part of the game again. "We feel this is a great day for the NFL," said Saints...

Ex-Jags Employee Ordered to Repay More Than $21M

Amit Patel sentenced to 6.5 years for stealing from virtual credit card system

(Newser) - Former Jacksonville Jaguars employee Amit Patel has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $22 million from the team. Patel, who could have faced up to 30 years, was also ordered to repay more than $21 million, CNN reports. Prosecutors said Patel,...

Fans at Freezing Chiefs Game Left With Unwanted Souvenir

Frostbite, leading to multiple amputations, hospital says of frigid game in KC in January

(Newser) - Some of the people who attended the near-record cold Kansas City Chiefs playoff game in January had to undergo amputations after suffering frostbite, a Missouri hospital said Friday. Research Medical Center didn't provide exact numbers but said in a statement it treated dozens of people who'd experienced frostbite...

Piglet Thrown Around 'Like a Nerf Football' Saved at Parade

Piglet rescued by Good Samaritan who saw him tossed back and forth at NOLA Mardi Gras event

(Newser) - A baby pig is now in need of its forever home, after a Good Samaritan rescued him from a cruel game of sorts at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. AL.com reports that a bystander was recently attending the Lenten celebration in the Big Easy when they spotted...

They Placed 180 Bets on 49ers Before the Season Even Started

California couple's wedding guests could earn $19 per $2 ticket if team wins the Super Bowl

(Newser) - At their wedding in September, Matt and Jessica Grime chose to convey their love for the San Francisco 49ers with their party favor. The South Lake Tahoe couple purchased $2 sports bets for the 49ers to win the Super Bowl for each of their 180 guests. "You bet on...

The Buzziest Super Bowl Ads So Far
The Buzziest
Super Bowl
Ads So Far

The Buzziest Super Bowl Ads So Far

The bazillion-dollar ad-palooza isn't waiting for the big game on Sunday

(Newser) - If you watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, you no longer have to wait until the big game to see what advertisers have in store. Many companies pre-release ads in hopes of recouping some of the reported $7 million that's the going rate for a 30-second spot by...

Super Bowl Ads Are Pricier Than Ever

It's around $7M for a 30-second spot this year

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered how much of a pretty penny gets forked over for the ads you see during the Super Bowl, allow us to lift that veil off: It's a lot. About $7 million for a 30-second TV commercial, according to a December report by Ad Age...

After the Super Bowl, a Big Couple of Firsts for the NFL

League will hold its first game in South America in September, with Eagles playing in Brazil

(Newser) - It's off to Sin City for the Super Bowl, then the Land of Drizzle for the first week of the NFL's next season. Fox News reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are heading to Brazil for a Week 1 game, against a still-to-be-announced competitor, the league's first game...

Taylor Swift's Far-Right Critics Float Epic Conspiracy Theory
Taylor Swift's Far-Right Critics
Float Epic Conspiracy Theory
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Taylor Swift's Far-Right Critics Float Epic Conspiracy Theory

In some versions, the Super Bowl featuring her boyfriend will be rigged to help Democrats

(Newser) - Make no mistake: President Biden would love to get an endorsement from Taylor Swift, as he did in 2020. In fact, his team views that as the "biggest and most influential endorsement" to be had in the coming election, the New York Times reports. That may play some small...

Try Not to Gasp When You See Super Bowl Ticket Prices

Average ticket prices, a record, are hovering close to $10K–or 70% more than the average price last year

(Newser) - Missed the bulk of the NFL playoffs and thinking about catching the biggest game of the year in person? Open that wallet wide, because ticket prices for Super Bowl LVIII look like they're going to break some records. Citing data from TickPick , CNN Business reported earlier in the week...

Early Toxicology Reports May Shed Light on 3 KC Fans' Death

Source tells TMZ that the men allegedly showed traces of coke, fentanyl; cops await fuller tests

(Newser) - Three friends and fellow fans of the Kansas City Chiefs who were found dead outside a residence in the Missouri city were said by the homeowner to have frozen to death. Now, early toxicology results suggest there may be more to the story. Sources tell TMZ that preliminary reports have...

Taylor Swift Kisses Travis Kelce After Chiefs Win, Internet Swoons

But will the pop superstar be headed to the Super Bowl amid upcoming concerts?

(Newser) - The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Baltimore Ravens 17-10 to win the AFC championship game Sunday night, but in certain corners of the internet , the main story was what happened afterward: Taylor Swift was among the crowd that stormed the field to celebrate, making her way to Travis Kelce alongside...

49ers Overcome 17-Point Deficit to Advance to Super Bowl

They'll meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Las Vegas

(Newser) - Brock Purdy threw for 267 yards and a touchdown, and the San Francisco 49ers rallied from 17 points down at halftime to beat the Detroit Lions 34-31 on Sunday and reach the Super Bowl, the AP reports. The 49ers (14-5) scored 17 points in an eight-minute span of the third...

NFL's First Playoff Game Behind Paywall Sets a Record

Match on Peacock between Chiefs and Dolphins drew an average 23M viewers

(Newser) - Whether fans tuned in Saturday night to the Chiefs-Dolphins AFC playoff match on Peacock to watch Taylor Swift having fun in the stands or because they were actually invested in the game, those viewers helped make it the most-streamed live event ever, reports the AP . Nielsen stats show the game...

Bills Fans Have to Dig Out Stadium—Fast

After weekend storm, team scrambles to clear venue of snow before Monday's game vs. Steelers

(Newser) - It was still snowing in Buffalo as of 8am Monday morning, with just hours to go before the Buffalo Bills take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a wild-card playoff game in Western New York's Orchard Park. Snowfall reached several feet in some parts of Erie County, with Orchard Park...

Tom Brady Sings Praises of His Old Coach

Calls Bill Belichick NFL's best ever

(Newser) - Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were the most successful coach-quarterback partnership the NFL has ever seen, winning a record six Super Bowls together with the New England Patriots. Now that Belichick has parted ways with the team , Brady, who left the Patriots in 2020 , is sharing a tribute to his...

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