Melissa Jacobs

NFL Heavily Fines Coaches For Not Wearing Masks

After a bevy of NFL head coaches were shown without masks during Week 1, the NFL issued a league wide memo warning of ramifications if the behavior continued. The league kept its wording then some in Week 2, fining Vic Fangio, Pete Carroll, and Kyle Shanahan $100,000. The Bro...

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Top Storylines to Watch in Week 2 and Beyond

Contrary to most opening weekends of NFL seasons, this year’s version showcased a heavy dose of the predictable. The Jets are the still the Jets. Patrick Mahomes is already in postseason, Hall of Fame form. Injuries are omnipresent. Yet there are plenty of players and storyl...

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Which stadiums will have fans during the NFL’s first month?

Many aspects of the NFL will look strange this season. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski will take the field in Buccaneer red. Owners will not only support players’ peaceful social justice protests, some will join in. But perhaps the starkest difference between this year, and well, any year will be the stadium optics.  ...

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TFG Podcast: Rammin’ Into the Season

is a weekly podcast that explores all corners of the NFL from the most fascinating on field developments to societal implications. Hosted by Melissa Jacobs, the TFG Podcast aims to spotlight the many smart, prominent female voices within the NFL and sometimes beyond. Please consider leaving a good rating a...

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49ers’ Super Bowl Loss May Have Saved Lives

When the 49ers blew a ten point and eventually lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV on February 2nd, the aftermath was full of disappointment and questions. In the moment just getting there wasn’t enough.  But just weeks later as a global pandemic...

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Women Now Make Up 47% of All NFL Fans

The makeup of NFL fans continues to diversify, thanks in large to women who now make up 47% of the league’s total fanbase. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the NFL announced this new percentage of female fans, which according to the league equates to 88 million to its fans. More women watched Super Bowl LIV than the ...

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