TIME NFL

The Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul Injured His Hand in a July 4 Fireworks Accident

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Reuters/USA Today Sports—Brad Penner New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul runs back an interception against the Green Bay Packers for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium on November 17, 2013.

The injury will likely not prove "career threatening" however

Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive end for the New York Giants, reportedly injured his hand while lighting fireworks at his Florida home on the night of July 4.

The NFL confirmed the incident on Sunday evening, noting that it could “potentially impact Pierre-Paul’s future with the Giants,” but Dan Graziano and Adam Schefter at ESPN later tweeted that his injuries — burns on his palm and three fingers, and possible nerve damage — likely will not prove “career threatening” and that the “prognosis is not terrible.”

On Sunday afternoon, as reports of the accident began making the rounds, Deadspin posted a string of tweets from Pierre-Paul’s neighbors documenting a “whole Uhaul van of fireworks” parked outside of his house. Pierre-Paul himself had posted a video to Instagram of himself and his infant son near to what appears to be the van.

Pierre-Paul, who turned 26 earlier this year, has played for the Giants since 2010, when he joined the team as the fifteenth overall pick in the NFL draft. His “prodigal talent,” as ESPN described it in 2009, when he was at the University of South Florida, has been an asset to the Giants’ defensive line, in spite of the team’s shaky record overall in the past few years.

TIME Football

Tom Brady Appeal Hearing Ends After More Than 10 Hours

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks to pass during the first half of the NFL football AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass on Jan. 18, 2015
Matt Slocum—AP Tom Brady looks to pass during the first half of the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 18, 2015

This was the latest step in the protracted "Deflategate" scandal

(NEW YORK) — After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL’s Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady’s defense.

It was growing dark when Goodell left the league headquarters after he heard Brady and representatives from the players’ union during the lengthy meeting. League security said Brady also had left.

No details of the hearing were immediately available.

“I think we put in a very compelling case,” Kessler said, adding that no timetable on a decision by Goodell had been given.

Kessler said he would have no further comments Tuesday night, and neither the union nor the league immediately commented.

This was the latest step in the protracted “Deflategate” scandal, and no decisions were expected Tuesday.

Indeed, it is uncertain how soon Goodell will announce anything; he could decide to keep the suspension as it is, reduce it or completely wipe it clean.

With training camps set to open in five weeks, the commissioner has some time to consider the evidence presented at the hearing. But the Patriots also can’t finalize training camp practice plans for the quarterback position until they know Brady’s availability for the 2015 season.

Should Goodell keep the four-game ban — or even if he reduces it but doesn’t dismiss it totally — Brady could go to court. That could delay any solution for months.

On Tuesday, as Goodell was hearing a myriad of testimonies, Brady supporters were outside, some wearing “Free Brady” T-shirts. At least until the rains came, that is.

Some reporters joked that the meeting lasted so long because a summer storm was hitting the city and no one wanted to leave the building in such weather.

But just past 8:30 p.m. EDT, the principles headed out.

The NFL Players Association had asked Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he could not be impartial and might be called as a witness. But Goodell said it was his responsibility to oversee the hearing to protect the integrity of the league.

Based on the league-sanctioned Wells report, Brady was suspended and the Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks.

Among the key elements of Brady’s appeal: who ordered his four-game suspension and whether science supports the league’s findings about deflated footballs.

The NFL says Goodell authorized the discipline that was imposed by league executive Troy Vincent, who signed the letters sent to Brady and the Patriots informing them of the penalties. The NFLPA challenged Vincent’s power to issue punishment, citing Article 46 of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Goodell dismissed the union’s claim.

“I did not delegate my disciplinary authority to Mr. Vincent; I concurred in his recommendation and authorized him to communicate to Mr. Brady the discipline imposed under my authority as Commissioner,” Goodell said in his letter to the union on June 2. “The identity of the person who signed the disciplinary letter is irrelevant.”

The penalties were announced after investigator Ted Wells found that the Super Bowl champions illegally used under-inflated footballs in the AFC title game.

Goodell issued punishments to Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice in recent, high-profile cases involving players violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The league doesn’t consider Brady’scase similar because it involved rules of the game.

Scientific arguments also were a major part of Brady’s defense. Brady’s lawyers tried to shoot down the findings of an independent firm hired to provide scientific analysis of the air pressure inside the footballs used by the Patriots and Colts during the AFC title game.

Brady’s side claimed:

— The evidence collected in the Wells report doesn’t prove Brady violated any NFL rules.

— The punishment is harsher than for similar violations.

While Brady is fighting his punishment, Patriots owner Robert Kraft declined to appeal the team’s penalty, though he defended his franchise player and denied any wrongdoing by team employees.

MONEY Sports

Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski Hasn’t Spent a Dime of His NFL Salary

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Kevin C. Cox—Getty Images Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots celebrates after Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015.

Gronk claims he has not spent "one dime" of his $10 million in contract money.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been saving like a pro during his five seasons in the National Football League—at least according to his new book, It’s Good to Be Gronk.

The football star claims he has been spending only his endorsement money, not his NFL salary, and avoids making big-ticket purchases.

“To this day, I still haven’t touched one dime of my signing bonus or NFL contract money. I live off my marketing money and haven’t blown it on any big-money expensive cars, expensive jewelry or tattoos and still wear my favorite pair of jeans from high school,” Gronkowski writes in an excerpt of the book published Monday on Sports Illustrated‘s MMQB blog.

If that’s true, he’s likely amassed at least $10 million (or more, if he’s been investing his savings). Given that a disproportionately high number of NFL players blow through their money and end up filing for bankruptcy, it seems that Gronk is a rare role model among his peers.

Well, at least when it comes to money.

TIME energy

This Is How Much Energy Goes Into the Super Bowl Every Year

NFL logo at Ford Field in Detroit.
Mark Cunningham—Detroit Lions/Getty Images NFL logo at Ford Field in Detroit.

The annual sporting event is huge and more expensive for America than most people realize

In the pantheon of American culture, no event is more iconic and distinctly American than the Super Bowl. Like all things American, the Super Bowl is huge, expensive, and a source of incredible passion for fans. Just running a 30-second commercial to the more than 100 million people that watch the game costs nearly $5 million.

So how much electricity and energy go into putting on the Super Bowl?

There are lots of components here, but the biggest indisputable three are TVs used to watch the game, lighting and possibly climate control in a stadium, and fuel used in traveling to the game (by car or plane).

Worldwide, roughly 30 million televisions watched the five-hour extravaganza, assuming a little over five people per Super Bowl party. The average TV uses around 100 watts per hour. Plasma TVs use more electricity, and presumably people watch the Super Bowl on the biggest brightest TV they have available, so maybe the average TV watching the Super Bowl actually uses more like 125 watts per hour. Add another 125 watts per hour for extra lighting and other electricity use and over five hours then the average TV would use 1.25 kwh, and the 30 million households around the world watching the game would use 37.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity or 37.5 GWh. At an average price across the country of about $0.11 per kwh, that works out to a total cost of roughly $4,125,000.

TVs: 37.5 GWh or $4.125 million

On the football stadium itself, there is a lot of debate and no clear answers. Stadiums use pretty efficient lighting, and certainly air conditioning is not likely to be an issue in the dead of winter. So using the low end of estimates, an average stadium might use 10MW of energy for five hours, or roughly 50 MWh for the game. Compared to the TV use, that’s not a lot, but of course, there are roughly 80,000 people in a stadium watching a game versus hundreds of millions around the world watching. Stadiums are industrial users of power, so they won’t pay standard power rates, but for the sake of simplicity, assuming an average of $0.11 per Kwh again leads to a total cost of $5,500.

Stadium: 50 MWh or $5,500

Finally, transporting 80,000 people to a stadium is going to use some energy. The amount of energy varies based on where the stadium is and where the people are coming from of course. Stadiums are roughly equally spread out across the U.S., while people are not. Given the size of the country (about 3,000 miles across), the average person going to the game probably flies around 1,500 miles or about 2 hours of peak aircraft time. A Boeing 747 carries 500 people and uses 280 MWh for a 2 hour flight. That means about 45 GWh of power for the 160 planes needed to ferry 80,000 people to the stadium. Aircraft, of course, run on jet fuel and at current prices, that fuel will cost around $100,000 for each of those 160 flights or $16 million.

Travel: 280 MWh or $16 million

Overall, the Super Bowl costs more than $20 million in energy every year – quite a bill one football game. It also requires nearly 38 GWh of energy, or more than the equivalent amount of electricity that the entire country of Morocco can generate over the same five-hour period (given their 6.8 GW of capacity that existed in 2012).

The takeaway here is that the Super Bowl is huge and more expensive for America, and perhaps the environment, than most people realize. Still, the Super Bowl has quite a ways to go before it catches up in size and cost to the World Cup.

This article originally appeared on Oilprice.com.

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TIME Football

NFL Spikes Fantasy Football Convention

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Brandon Wade—AP Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo looks on during an NFL football organized team activity, May 27, 2015, in Irving, Texas.

The league says it would've violated policy on gambling

The NFL has halted an inaugural fantasy football convention headed by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo because it would have been held in a Las Vegas casino.

The National Fantasy Football Convention scheduled for July was set to be held in the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and planned to include more than 100 NFL players.

But on Friday, Fox Sports reported that the event would be canceled because of rules prohibiting ties between the NFL and casinos even though no gambling would’ve taken place.

Romo, who was scheduled to lead the event, said on Twitter that he was disappointed with the decision.

NFL policy states that players “may not participate in promotional activities or other appearances in connection with events that are held at or sponsored by casinos.”

MORE The Case for Sports Gambling in America

TIME Sports

Yahoo Streaming Bills-Jaguars NFL Game For Free

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Brett Carlsen—Getty Images Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates after beating the Green Bay Packers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York.

In a deal worth at least $10 million

The Sunnyvale, Calif-based Internet giant just scored a big win.

On Wednesday the company announced that it’s partnered with the National Football League exclusively to stream an upcoming football match. The game—a face-off scheduled for Oct. 25 between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars—will be the “first free, live global webcast of a regular-season game,” reports the New York Times.

“We’re thrilled that the NFL has chosen Yahoo for this historic opportunity,” said Yahoo [fortune-stock symbol=YHOO”] CEO and president Marissa Mayer in a statement. “It marks a significant change in the way users can access this amazing content.”

The decision represents an experiment for the NFL, which is testing the feasibility of video streaming live sports online. It’s also as a coup for Yahoo, which scored the rights over competitors such as Facebook [fortune-stock symbol=FB”] and Google [fortune-stock symbol=”GOOG”].

The total cost for that exclusive partnership? Somewhere in the eight-figure range — at least $10 million, according to a CNNMoney source. The official financial terms were not announced by either party.

Brian Rolapp, executive VP of media at the NFL, told Sports Illustrated that “we need to prepare for the future. Have we entered into a new era? Maybe. Maybe not. Obviously TV is still the dominant platform to distribute our games, as it has been for years. But TV is not the only platform any more, and this is the first time in history we have done this with one of our games.”

“We have cast our lot with TV through 2022, so obviously we believe in the power of television for our games. But things are changing, and changing fast, in the media,” Rolapp added. (Read Fortune’s extensive interview with Rolapp here.)

In a recent interview, Yahoo’s head of emerging products Adam Cahan told Fortune the company intended to experiment more with live video. The NFL partnership could help Yahoo land more deals of this sort with sports leagues in the future.

“Through this partnership with Yahoo – one of the world’s most recognizable digital brands – we are taking another important step in that direction as we continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving digital media landscape,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement.

TIME Football

Ex-Chicago Bear Ray McDonald Arrested for the Second Time This Week

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ray McDonald speaks with the media after minicamp on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. The team released McDonald after he was arrested Monday on a domestic violence charge.
Chris Sweda—Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ray McDonald speaks with the media after minicamp on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. The team released McDonald after he was arrested Monday on a domestic violence charge.

The Chicago Bears have come under scrutiny for signing McDonald in March

Troubled NFL defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested for the second time in three days on Wednesday for violating a restraining order by being at a residence in Santa Clara, Calif.

According to police reports, the restraining order was issued as a direct result of his arrest on Monday, in which the 30-year-old football player was accused of an early morning assault on a woman — whose identity had not been released — while she was holding a baby.

McDonald’s attorney Steve DeFilippis told the San Jose Mercury News that neither he nor his client had been notified of the restraining order and that they had gone to the residence to take photographs for evidence.

After the incident on Monday, the Chicago Bears released McDonald, whom they signed in March. The case has touched off a debate about whether NFL teams should be held accountable for signing players with checkered histories. In a pair of incidents while he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers, McDonald was accused of felony domestic assault and rape.

When asked at a press conference Wednesday if the Bears had done sufficient background research before signing McDonald, team chairman George McCaskey said, “I ask myself that question a lot. What more could I have done? Is there somebody else that we could have consulted with? Should I have taken more time with that decision? I don’t know, we thought we had a good structure, a good support system and we thought we had the safeguards in place in case something like this happened.”

TIME Innovation

How Technology Can Help Shame Water Wasters in California

These are today's best ideas

1. To fight water waste, apps are helping Californians “droughtshame” their neighbors.

By Sam Sanders at NPR

2. Punish NFL teams when they sign domestic abusers.

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3. Bitcoin might be a massive game-changer in the half trillion dollar remittances market.

By Florian Graillot at TechCrunch

4. Want to defeat ISIS? Break up Iraq.

By David Apgar in the Globalist

5. Crowdsourcing help for depression could save lives.

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TIME Video Games

And The Madden NFL 16 Cover Goes to … Odell Beckham Jr.

He says he isn't worried about the 'Madden Curse'

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Thanks to a sensational rookie campaign and pulling off the catch of the year, Odell Beckham Jr., the speedy wide receiver for the New York Giants, will be gracing the cover of EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 16” video game, EA announced via Twitter.

The 2014 Rookie of the Year won the fan vote by beating out New England Patriot’s tight end Rob Gronkowski, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and Pittsburg Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Beckham is the youngest player and first New York Giant to be featured as a Madden cover athlete and he expressed his gratitude on Twitter.

Fans of the New York Giants and Beckham may be worried about the infamous “Madden Curse,” which is the theory that after a player lands on the video game’s cover he has a rough year ahead. It certainly held true for Michael Vick (who broke his leg a day after the game’s release) and Brett Favre (he left the Green Bay Packers that year). However, fellow wide receiver Calvin Johnson had a career year afterwards and last year’s cover star (the Seattle Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom”) made the Super Bowl. Plus, Beckham himself is clearly not a believer in the curse.

Despite missing four games due to injury, Beckham had 1,305 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2014-15 season.

TIME Opinion

The Tom Brady Suspension Shows the NFL Plays in Its Own Warped Moral Universe

Charlotte Alter covers women, culture, politics and breaking news for TIME in New York City.

Where crimes against women require more evidence than crimes against footballs

The thing about footballs is that footballs don’t talk. Footballs can’t accuse, footballs have no motives, footballs have no credibility to lose. Footballs do not dream and do not fear. And yet, in the National Football League in 2015, suspected abuse of a football merits a roughly equivalent punishment as suspected abuse of a woman.

In the moral universe of the sane, there is a clear pecking order of sins. Crimes against people are worse than crimes against things. Hurting a person’s body is worse than hurting a person’s feelings (or wallet). Beating is worse than cheating. But the NFL operates in a moral universe all of its own.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended Monday for four games without pay after the NFL concluded that he was probably “at least generally aware” that footballs had been intentionally deflated to give him an edge. The team was fined a million bucks, and forfeited its first-round draft pick in 2016 and fourth-round draft pick in 2017. Immediately afterwards, the Twittersphere erupted in outrage that Brady had been suspended for four games for Deflategate, while former Ravens running back Ray Rice was originally suspended for two games after he beat up his girlfriend.

Then again, it’s not that simple. We can’t make a direct comparison between Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged involvement in Deflategate and Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for punching a woman in the face. For one thing, the NFL later admitted they had been too lenient with Rice, and he was ultimately suspended indefinitely, although that suspension was overturned after Rice won an appeal. When Adrian Peterson was indicted for child abuse after beating his 4-year old with a switch, the NFL suspended him for the season, but only after loud public outcry, and that suspension was also overturned on appeal. And earlier this year, Greg Hardy was suspended for 10 games for four domestic violence incidents against his ex-girlfriend, in accordance with the NFL’s new Personal Conduct Policy (although it’s worth noting that a 10 game suspension for four incidents is a punishment of just over two games per incident.)

So it’s not as simple as “two games for beating a woman, four games for delating a football.” The two incidents came at different points during the NFL’s long, slow process of growing a conscience. Instead, it’s more telling to look at what kind of evidence was used to come to these conclusions.

The NFL did not conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Brady was the mastermind of Deflategate. Instead, the league decided that Brady was “at least generally aware” that the balls were intentionally deflated, citing a “preponderance of the evidence, meaning that ‘as a whole, the fact sought to be proved is more probable than not.'” That evidence is mostly a flurry of phone calls between Brady and equipment assistant John Jastremski, and the fact that Brady would not hand over his text and email records.

After two women filed police reports last year saying Dallas Cowboys player C.J. Spillman sexually assaulted them in 2013, he’s still playing— Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he’ll continue to play until an arrest is made and charges are filed. Two women accused Ray McDonald last year — one for domestic violence, one for sexual assault— but when he was cut for the 49ers because of a “pattern of poor decision making,” officials said it was a team decision, not a league decision. That means he’s free to keep playing for the NFL, and he just signed with the Bears. And despite Erica Kinsman‘s extensive, detailed account of the night she was allegedly raped by Jameis Winston, a rape which was investigated by the New York Times but mostly ignored by the police, he was selected as the top NFL draft pick. (Winston has filed a counter-suit to Kinsman’s civil lawsuit, claiming Kinsman is lying, and that she’s “0 for 6″ in her claims against him.)

So when it’s a question of footballs, a series of phone records that indicate Brady was probably “generally” aware is enough to merit a tough punishment. But when it’s a woman accusing a football player of abuse, police reports and rape kits are not.

This isn’t really about Tom Brady or Ray Rice. This is about what the NFL thinks counts as “proof.” Clearly, women’s stories don’t make the cut.

Read next: Why the Tom Brady Suspension Is Ridiculous

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