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New York Indian Tribe Goes on the Offensive Against Washington Redskins

The Oneida Indian Nation, a tribe in upstate New York, is going to try and use the media to get Dan Snyder to change his mind. The Washington Redskins owner has been adamant about sticking with the recently controversial team name, but beginning this weekend on radio and continuing soon on the Web, the Oneida Nation is spending a sizable chunk of money to power a media blitz.

The Associated Press got a response statement from the NFL but not the Redskins. The barrage starts this weekend ahead of the Redskins’ Monday night season opener against the Eagles. From the AP report:

In the ad, Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should “stand up to bigotry” by denouncing “the racial slur” in the team’s name.

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Forbes Duo Ponder the $6 Billion LA NFL Question

For anyone running a professional sports league, this sure sounds like a good reason to take way longer than necessary to help the nation’s second biggest market reclaim a team (or two).

The observation comes courtesy of brand new Forbes contributors Henry DeVries and Tom Searcy. DeVries is assistant dean of continuing education at UCSD ; Searcy, a sales strategy expert based in Indianapolis. Together, they have also co-authored the upcoming book How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett: Lessons from the World’s Greatest Dealmaker. They write:

Since the NFL made an end run out of Southern California, 28 of the league’s 32 franchises have built new stadiums or renovated old ones at a total cost of $10 billion. Taxpayers covered $6 billion of that total… The threat of moving a franchise has gotten taxpayers to pay 60 percent of the tab for new and renovated stadiums in the last 18 years.

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Weighing in on Ines Sainz/New York Jets Harassment Case

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You’ve probably heard about the reporter, Ines Sainz, who claimed to be harassed by members of the New York Jets.

Despite the Jets being criticized by team management and the NFL for their behavior, many say the Mexican journalist was also to blame.

Mia Harris, a former Jets beat reporter for WFAN, didn’t mince words.

“I find her disgusting. She is unprofessional in dress and how she acts, and makes a mockery of covering an NFL event,” Harris tells FishbowlNY.

Harris is concerned that the incident “could jeopardize the way female reporters who have worked very hard to be looked at as equal to men are treated in the future.”

Sainz, the self-proclaimed “Hottest Sports Reporter in Mexico,” caused a firestorm for her choice of attire at the Jets’ practice on September 11.

Pictures plastered on the Internet show from that day at the New Meadowlands Stadium show Sainz wearing tight jeans. Other photos of Sainz in bikinis were instantly available online. Her employer TV Azteca has promoted her on-air talent and “modeling” with swimsuit pictures on their website.

Harris says, though, this isn’t just about Sainz’s choice of clothing.

While covering two Super Bowls, Harris says, she noticed Sainz rubbing players’ shoulders and sticking her chest in their faces.

Following an investigation by the league, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell chastised the Jets for unprofessional conduct toward Sainz, but found no evidence that any players or coaches “bumped, touched, brushed against or otherwise subjected to any physical contact.”

Where Can You Find the Commissioners of All Four Major Sports?

wsj05.05.09.jpgTomorrow they will be appearing on a panel for The Wall Street Journal. The NHL’s Gary B. Bettman, the NFL’s Roger Goodell, MLB’s Bud Selig and David Stern from the NBA will discuss The Future of Sports (it’s capitalized because it’s Important). WSJ sports editor Sam Walker will moderate and Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of
Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of the WSJ, will host the event.

According to a release, “the event will address the business of sports, including the challenges and opportunities the leagues face in the current economic climate, as well as issues of competition and matters that are important to fans.”

There will be a live Webcast of the panel on WSJ.com and FoxSports.com starting at 9 a.m.