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John Steigerwald has been a fixture of TV, radio, and newspaper sports in Pittsburgh, and has a Sunday column in the Observer-Reporter.
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Mar 2017

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NFL should cut downtime from game-day commercials

NFL should cut downtime from game-day commercials

Roger Goodell is trying.

The NFL Commissioner knows games are too long and filled with too much dead time and he’s campaigning for change. On Wednesday he released a statement, “Together with our broadcast partners, we will be working to meaningfully reduce down time and the frequency of commercial breaks in our games.”

And how many meetings did it take for him, NFL owners and the TV executives to come up with this: “We will also be giving our broadcast partners increased flexibility to avoid untimely breaks in the action. For example, we know how annoying it is when we come back from a commercial break, kick off, and then cut to a commercial again. I hate that, too. Our goal is to eliminate it.”

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Mar 2017

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Kaepernick’s stance – or non-stance – could be costing him a job

Colin Kaepernick says from now on he will stand when the Star Spangled Banner is played before NFL games.

It’s beginning to look like he’ll be in civilian clothes and standing in front of his seat in a stadium and not wearing an NFL team’s uniform while standing on the sideline.

Kaepernick has been a free agent for a few months now and hasn’t found a team that wants him.

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Mar 2017

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Fleury should be Penguins’ choice as No. 1 goaltender

Marc Andre Fleury is a better goaltender than Matt Murray.

I know the statistics don’t back me up, but I’m basing it on what I’ve seen the last few weeks and the last 12 years.

Going into last night’s game in Vancouver, Murray had been struggling and Fleury was coming off a 40-save, shootout win by the Penguins in Edmonton.

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Mar 2017

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Steelers have gotten enough money from taxpayers

Steelers president Art Rooney II is upset.

Allegheny County government, which some say stole taxpayer money almost 20 years ago to build his Heinz Field and PNC Park, has been reluctant to cough up money for improvements at the football stadium.

The Steelers would like taxpayers to pay for a new scoreboard in the south end, an expansion of the Great Hall and new sound and Wi-Fi systems, among other things. Rooney told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette trying to get money from the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports and Exhibition Authority is, “Like pulling teeth.”

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