Ray Rice

Blumenthal Floats Changes to NFL Antitrust Exemption (Video)

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A Senate Democrat is floating a proposal that could increase the government's leverage over the activities of professional sports leagues like the NFL.  

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Wednesday that he's planning legislation to impose a sunset on the antitrust exemptions enjoyed by the National Football League and the other pro sports. The former Connecticut attorney general called the response of the NFL to the domestic violence incident involving now-former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice something "right out of the 1950s, out of an episode of 'Madmen.'"  

Female Senators Write Letter to Goodell, Want NFL to Adopt 'Zero-Tolerance' Policy

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A group of 16 female senators, including Maryland Democrat Barbara A. Mikulski, have written a scathing letter to Roger Goodell about the National Football League's handling of violence against women.  

The letter comes after reporting by The Associated Press that the NFL was sent graphic elevator video of now-former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée Janay Rice.  

Blumenthal Pushes Goodell to Revisit Ray Rice Punishment

Rice received a two-game ban from the NFL. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is joining the calls for the National Football League to impose stiffer punishment on Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.  

"The video released today emphasizes how egregiously weak and wrong the initial penalty against Ray Rice was — as the Commissioner has acknowledged — and it constitutes new, powerful evidence that requires the Commissioner to reconsider and reach a stronger punishment," Blumenthal said.