Raiders name Beth Mowins preseason play-by-play announcer

The Raiders announced today that veteran announcer Beth Mowins will call play-by-play for their preseason games this season. Mowins will be a rarity in the NFL as a female in a broadcast booth. Although many women work NFL games as sideline reporters, the play-by-play and commentator duties are almost always handled by men. Mowins is…

Four police officers punished for falsely detaining Nate Allen

Raiders safety Nate Allen was detained by police for several hours in Fort Myers, Florida in February after he was accused of lewd behavior in a vehicle and Allen, who was exonerated of the allegation, said afterward that he planned to sue the police department for the incident. The Fort Myers Police Department has investigated…

Derek Carr: Workouts with receivers a great “refresher course”

Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater recently said that he thinks 2015 will be an “explosive year” for the team’s passing game and many of the players who will be responsible for proving him correct were in Bakersfield, California over the weekend to work toward that result. Quarterback Derek Carr organized the workouts, saying that the…

Justin Tuck: Jason Pierre-Paul “fine” but knows he “made a mistake”

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul kept the Giants away, and didn’t even talk to his teammates after losing a finger in a July 4th fireworks accident. But former teammate Justin Tuck said he’s spoken with Pierre-Paul, and he’s confident the loss of his right index finger won’t harm his career. “What I told JPP is…

NFL likely won’t be returning to Anaheim

For 15 years, the Los Angeles Rams played in Anaheim. They apparently won’t be returning. Angels Stadium likely won’t be submitting a proposal to serve as temporary host for an NFL team in L.A., according to Scott Reid of the Orange County Register. Stadium officials cited scheduling conflicts between baseball and football for September and October…

California now recognizes NFL cheerleaders as employees

When a stream of lawsuits exposed the extent to which NFL teams exploit cheerleaders financially, it was obvious that changes would be coming to the system for paying them. Via  the Associated Press, California has become the first state in the country to expressly make cheerleaders employees, for the purposes of minimum wage and overtime.…

In a different era, Stabler did things differently

In 2015, the slightest glitch can set social media ablaze. Last week, for example, a premature (but ultimately accurate) report from the Tuscaloosa News on the passing of quarterback Ken Stabler created a major online ruckus after its retraction. In the aftermath of Stabler’s passing, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle shared a story about…

Efforts to keep Raiders in Oakland viewed as “lagging” behind others

The league’s called a special owner’s meeting in October to update them on what’s going on in Los Angeles. But they may only hear from two-thirds of the cities which could lose a team to the nation’s second-largest market. According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, the meeting in Chicago will focus on what’s…