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Monthly Archives: September, 2014

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September

Top 3 remain the same in AP Pro32 rankings (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- There was no change in the top three spots in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings.
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September

National Football League roundup (Reuters)

(The Sports Xchange) - The Oakland Raiders announced Tuesday that Tony Sparano will take over as the team's interim head coach. Sparano replaces Dennis Allen, who was fired Monday after the Raiders' 38-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in London the previous day. - - In an era of billion dollar television broadcasting contracts with the NFL, there is no longer a need for blackout rules regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC eliminated the rule that prevented local network stations from televising games that were not officially sold out. ...
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September

FCC will consider petition to ban ‘Redskins’ (The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves.
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September

FCC considering ban on Redskins nickname, punishment for announcers (Shutdown Corner)

The Federal Communications Commission, an independent government agency that regulates radio and television broadcasts, is considering whether to fine and punish broadcasters for using the Washington Redskins nickname, per CNBC . John Banzhaf III, a George Washington University law professor, has sent the FCC a petition asking regulators to strip Washington D.C. radio station WWXX-FM (ESPN) of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal for using the name Redskins, which Banzhaf deems to be "akin to broadcasting obscenity." [ Join FanDuel.com's $1.5 million Week 5 fantasy league: $25 to enter; $150,000 to first ] FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said yesterday that the petition is under consideration. "We'll be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we'll be responding accordingly," Wheeler said Tuesday. "There are a lot of names and descriptions that were used over time that are inappropriate today. And I think the name that is attributed to the Washington football club is one of those." If the word "Redskins" is deemed to be indecent — and some do consider it a slur against Native Americans — the FCC could impose a de facto ban on the word being used on television and radio. Broadcasters who then use the word would be subject to fine and/or possible suspension. Despite mounting political pressure, Redskins team owner Daniel Snyder has thus far refused to consider changing the name. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
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September

FCC considering move to ban NFL Redskins team name (Reuters)

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency's chairman indicated on Tuesday. The FCC, which enforces broadcast indecency violations, has received a petition from legal activist John Banzhaf III, asking that regulators strip local radio station WWXX-FM of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal for using the name "Redskins. ...