CBS Goes After NFL On Ray Rice


Tonight’s NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers was nothing special. The game was ok, not great, not a total dud either.

However, for those of us interested in how games get covered it was remarkable. CBS is a partner of the NFL; it pays the league significant sums for the right to broadcast games and with that right comes certain guidelines and responsibilities.

The network has to be able to do a respectable job in its coverage and therefore it can’t be a total shill for the league but still in the past we’ve seen limits.

Tonight was something different. The pre game show, which of course in NFL style was an hour before kickoff was all about a black eye or cloud hanging around the league right now. Rather than bring in the typical sports talking heads that we’ve come to expect, CBS brought in it’s best from the news side of things to talk about the scandal and the possibility that the league and it’s leadership may not have been totally honest in how they’ve handled the matter.

The story is everywhere. CBS would have looked foolish to not mention the situation but I don’t think anyone expected the type of coverage we saw. The highlight, if you will, was host James Brown’s closing plea for men, and society to step up and change our attitudes and behavior towards women.

This was a banner night for sports media and coverage. A network went hard after it’s league partner but did so in a fair and balanced way. The question is did it do enough to cause the owners to smarten up and take the right action that is clearly staring them in the face.

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September 12, 2014 9:11 am

For God’s sake, I’ve had enough of the pitch fork MS media on this issue. The NFL and/or Goodell screwed up. That’s it. Has Goodell screwed up in the past? I can’t think of any other issue he blew, can you?

Yet, the sheep follow along instead of being outraged by an animal who beats his fiancée (and that same fiancée turns around and marries said animal), we blame the NFL. Doesn’t make any sense.

Steve Clark
September 12, 2014 10:43 am

Sorry Antonio, but when you are paid 44M a year and you drop the ball in that egregious of a manner, you get the pitch forks after you. I have not lost sight of the fact that the real villain is Ray Rice who should have been suspended for a lot longer. In all walks of life you see “suspended with pay” while the investigation is ongoing. Same should have happened to Rice. He should have been suspended indefinitely by the NFL pending investigation. The fact that he got a 2 game suspension and that there are allegations of a cover up is fair game for a reporter, and even a rights holder.

(Another) Andrew
(Another) Andrew
September 12, 2014 4:28 pm

I’ve had enough of the pitch fork MS media on this issue.

Despite their many good characteristics Americans have always been Puritans in search of witches to burn. The targets change from generation to generation but the mentality is always the same. The conspicuous moralists and self-promoters in the media don’t care if Janay Rice doesn’t want every person who has ever met her, or ever will, to see that video because to them she’s just a useful prop to serve the interests of others. I wonder if black Americans see this whole controversy differently from whites.

(Another) Andrew
(Another) Andrew
September 12, 2014 4:32 pm

BTW with CBS now showing the Thursday night game surely that means the NFL Network loses what little relevance it ever had.

Mike V
Mike V
September 12, 2014 5:08 pm

“Has Goodell screwed up in the past? I can’t think of any other issue he blew, can you? ”

Ref Strike
The league’s response to concussions
And that’s just off the top of my head.

And it’s not just that he “blew it”. The ENTIRE investigation has been mishandled from the start and every single move he has made has been worse than the one before. From when Roger Goodell thought it would be a good idea to interview the victim in the same room with her attacker and members from the team with a vested interest in keeping her attacker on the field to when he saw the elevator tape (and make no mistake, he saw it) and thought it was worth 1/8 the suspension that a joint is to the incompetent lies and attempted cover-up earlier this week to the “independent investigation” to get to “the truth” run by a law firm with long ties to the NFL and overseen by two owners who are Goodell’s biggest backers.

September 13, 2014 9:53 am

NFL has jumped the shark.

September 13, 2014 9:19 pm

You are half right. The dude is an animal and deserves blame. But that doesn’t mean the NFL isn’t partly culpable. The slap on the wrist penalties tell the next guy it’s OK to whoop yer wife.
The sheep are the people who call for Goodel’s head. He’ll be the sacrificial lamb to insulate the rest of the billionaires smoking cigars in the dark room.

September 15, 2014 10:15 am

I just wish there was this much outrage when we see liberal judges give light sentences to convicted murderers and rapists. Its funny how the media is all law and order now. A little bit of consistency would be nice,

Chef Mike in Burlington
September 15, 2014 11:52 am

All I know is that Goodell destroyed the Saints entire season and fined their coach $6M because “ignorance of what is happening (Bountygate)is no excuse” and you can bet that despite the video being in his house for months, and him being “ignorant” of it being there, he’s skate away…

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