Since the seats at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium remain under several feet of snow, the NFL is giving fans free seats in a different stadium.

The only catch: those seats are located a few hundred miles west.

Since the Buffalo Bills-New York Jets game originally scheduled for Sunday can't be played in the Bills' home stadium, the NFL has moved the game to Ford Field in Detroit.

That hardly qualifies as a home game for the Bills, but the NFL is doing everything it can to create a warm environment for Buffalo.

First, the free tickets -- which are all general admission -- will be made available to Bills season-ticket holders and anyone who had tickets for the original game. Tickets will also be made available to Detroit Lions season-ticket holders.

Tickets won't be made available to Jets season-ticket holders, since the game is technically a home game for the Bills.

Tickets for the general public have been available since Saturday at DetroitLions.com.

Any leftover tickets will be available at the Ford Field box office.

Maybe it won't feel like a true home game for Buffalo. But when home is covered in almost six feet of snow, home maybe isn't the best place to be.

Firings are delivered in all types of forms. One method you don't see often is the "tell everyone except the people getting fired" trick.

Unfortunately, that's reality for the employees of Chicago's The Game 87.7 FM. The radio station's owners have decided to close the outlet and confirmed the move to media reporter Robert Feder.

Hosts Ben Finfer and Alex Quigley were in the middle of their talk show "Quigs and Finfer" on Thursday when they discovered the news via Feder's Twitter post.

"We’re doing a live show here," Finfer said. "And to be told this way, it’s really a letdown. We're getting screwed on this one.

"We didn’t know anything about it. We were coming back from a break and saw on Twitter from Robert Feder that the station is being taken off the air. Can you believe that? A lot of really talented people were hired to work at this station and found out through Twitter that they were fired. Nothing from the bosses."

The update anchor for "Quigs and Finfer," Julie DiCaro, made her own ambiguous post to Twitter that seems to be taking a jab at the story's reporter.


The station will officially close at the end of the year.

Michael Sam reveals a number of dark details about his upbringing in a new interview with GQ. The seventh-round pick from this year's NFL draft reveals that football was a refuge from going home to his two older brothers, whom he describes as "evil people."

Sam also talks about his decision to come out before the NFL draft, and how his awareness of rumors pushed him to make the announcement when he did.

"If I had it my way, I never would have done it the way I did, never would have told it the way I did," Sam says to GQ’s Andrew Corsello. "But the recruiters knew, and reporters knew, and they talked to each other, and it got out.

"But I have no regrets."

Sam reveals how his relationship with football didn't start out as one of romance. When he first started playing, sports served as an escape -- time he could spend out of the house and away from two dangerous older brothers.

"Most of the time, that was scary. I tried to stay away as much as possible," Sam says, explaining how he was regularly beat up. "We called the cops on my brothers so many times I can't even count. Not only for hurting me. They'd abuse my sisters. Verbally abuse my mom. My brothers were evil people."

Sam said his brothers have recently written him letters from prison, but that he has no relationship with them. He told GQ he was offended that they refer to themselves as his brothers.

Sam is currently unattached to an NFL team after the Dallas Cowboys cut him from their practice squad earlier this year. But the former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year at Missouri sounds resolved to prove himself -- and is comfortable with his current circumstances.

"It looks good to see me in the position I’m in now, because I can show the world how good I am and rise up the ranks," Sam says. "I’m at the bottom now. I can rise up, show I’m a football player. Not anything else. Just a football player."

The latest issue of GQ hits newsstands nationwide on Nov. 25.

A well-known bidding scandal, a brutal ethics report, and even human rights violations failed to convince FIFA to change its course on giving the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

With the organization acting in bold defiance of so many voices in and out of the sport, some European teams may make their own bold stance: Boycotting the World Cup altogether.

England's former chairman has already called for his country to withdraw from the next World Cup.

Such a move would be extreme, but FIFA's recent actions are causing member of Europe's football association to lose their patience with soccer's governing body -- so much that they might be willing to take on financial losses by not playing in the World Cup, according to The Telegraph.

The ultimate goal of such a move would be to challenge the authority of FIFA altogether, possibly in pursuit of a radical change in how soccer of governed around the world.

There's no chance that all 54 members of the Football Association would decide to withdraw from the World Cup, and the organization would never force countries to make a decision one way or the other.

But if even a minority of countries opted out of the 2018 World Cup, which will be held in Russia, it could represent a financial and public relations nightmare that might force FIFA to change.

Such changes would include releasing the full ethics report on the organization, electing a new president to replace Sepp Blatter, and making various reforms, including the possible relocation of the 2022 World Cup away from Qatar.

A decision could come in the next few weeks when representatives convene in Frankfurt to discuss their stance and strategy going forward. At the moment, no course of action is beyond consideration.

That's how desperate organizations are to get out from under FIFA's oppressive thumb.

Either Greg Oden is determined to make yet another NBA comeback or the oft-injured 7-footer has a dark sense of humor.

Oden, the No. 1 pick of the 2007 NBA draft, was spotted at his alma mater Ohio State's basketball game against Marquette on Tuesday. Oden, who suffered chronic knee problems before making a comeback with the Miami Heat last season, was wearing a shirt that could be interpreted one of two ways:


Perhaps Oden, only 26, is determined to catch on with another NBA team. He stayed healthy, albeit in limited playing time in 23 games, during his stay in Miami. Oden's latest setback is legal, as he has been charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury and two misdemeanor battery counts after reportedly punching his girlfriend in the face. Oden has pled not guilty to the charges.

Or, maybe Oden was just going for a laugh at his own expense. Despite his enormous potential, he only played in 82 total games for the Trail Blazers. He's considered one of the biggest NBA draft busts of all time. Plus, he's been known to wear humorous shirts in less-than-funny situations.

Twitter were quick to point out the irony in Oden's shirt:







Bill Walton has always marched to the beat of his own drum.

The Hall of Fame center may be the only NBA Finals MVP to attend Stanford Law School (he never graduated). He also has, without question, been to more Grateful Dead concerts than any other NBA player. Walton has reportedly been to more than 600 of the band's shows, including one in Egypt where he played drums with the band. Walton is a chess fan, avid biker and the inspiration for a popular parody Twitter account with nearly 200,000 followers.

And while broadcasting a game this week between San Diego State and Utah, Walton dropped another tidbit that would sound crazy coming from just about anyone else.

The 62-year-old Walton told broadcast partner Dave Pasch that in the 35 years of living at his San Diego home, he has never taken an indoor shower.

So where, you ask, does Walton shower?

The answer to that question might be the large teepee outside his home. While Walton did not confirm he has a shower in the tent, it is certainly big enough for one:




Walton even has a drum set, bookcase and a legendary sound system in the teepee:


Predictably, the tweets from fans upon hearing this information were pretty funny:






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Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata did more than just raise money for local educational groups and teachers at his foundation's function. The big man put on a dancing show.

The third annual Haloti Ngata Family Foundation Luau pulled in $50,000, according to TMZ, and the highlight of the night was Ngata doing the Kailao, a traditional Tongan warrior dance. Here's video via TMZ:

Ngata's parents were from Tonga. He was born in California, attended high school in Utah and played college football at Oregon. A first-round pick of the Ravens in 2006, Ngata has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times.

Mark Cuban seems to have Los Angeles on his mind these days.

In one interview with AdWeek, the Dallas Mavericks owner offered some sage advice to new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.

Shortly thereafter, Cuban went on the The Beast 980 in L.A. and trashed the Lakers, saying, "I just hope they suck forever."

It's all par for the course for Cuban: A brilliant business mind with a brash edge to him.

Of course, that's why Cuban has become one of the most influential owners in the NBA. Cuban's passion for his team is often cited as one of the great influences coming down from NBA ownership, which all too often features rich white men staring down stoically from their luxury boxes.

Cuban isn't like that at all. He sits down close to the court, wears T-shirts to games and gets into it like any other fan. He sees similar behaviors in new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, and he offered several tips to succeeding as an NBA owner.

The bulk of those tips revolved around the fan experience: Making games affordable, building an experience, and investing in the product -- not focusing on bottom-lines. Cuban encouraged Ballmer to respect the relationship fans have with sports teams -- a dynamic that does not exist with branded corporations.

"Leading Microsoft is nothing like owning a major sports team," Cuban told AdWeek. "You don't own the team; Clippers fans everywhere do."

Meanwhile, Cuban took time to assess the Lakers' current rebuilding task. Despite preseason optimism, the Lakers are off to a 2-9 start and appear to be one of the worst teams in the league.

Cuban started to evaluate their path back to relevance, but then admitted that he didn't care one way or another: "I don't know, I don't care, I just hope they suck. You know, like any other team."

The frozen-over version of hell descended upon upstate New York, and Buffalo Bills players woke up to find their backyards transformed.

The current snowstorm raking across the region is expected to drop a total of five to six feet on the area, and three of those feet had arrived by Tuesday morning.

While such a massive dump of precipitation comes with various problems and complications, several Bills players were able to see the silver lining. They posted photos of the madness to Twitter, which the team's official account was happy to share.





Last but not least, here's a time-lapse video of the massive snow storm coming off Lake Erie:

Remember how casual Steve Ballmer seemed about spending $2 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers -- almost three time the previous record sale for any NBA team?

It's probably because he knew a hidden discount was waiting for him.

A new report in the Los Angeles Times reveals that various provisions in tax law will allow Ballmer to deduct huge portions of the cost of the team as a tax write-off -- amounts that could cover almost half of the cost of the purchase, according to experts.

Ballmer was well aware of that potential, having exercised the benefit of tax deductions through several acquisitions at Microsoft.

Estimating the exact amount of the tax write-off will be difficult because the tax laws in question are open to interpretation, meaning Ballmer's representatives will likely negotiate for the largest write-off they can swing.

Some of the most inventive write-offs will be for the contracts of players like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. According to the Times, Ballmer will likely try to write off amounts much larger than their considerable salaries and argue that the value of the players is much larger than their base incomes because of the revenues they generate for the team, including merchandise sales and game tickets.

Ballmer's strategy is not unique to professional sports -- such deductions have been taken for decades. But in setting the record for the highest purchase price for a sports franchise, Ballmer does stand to inherit the largest tax write-off for such a splurge.

In other words, the rich get richer.

But it will be interesting to see how the Clippers' sunny financial situation impacts the NBA's collective bargaining negotiations in 2016.

The players' representation has already pointed to the massive valuation of the Clippers -- and, by extension, every other NBA team -- as evidence that league owners are in great financial shape.

Players want a bigger cut of the profits, especially with a multi-billion dollar television contract recently signed. In the last collective bargaining process, NBA owners cried poor and pointed to distorted accounting work as evidence. Now, everyone knows that was a crock.

When that time comes, will Ballmer be so eager to open his checkbook?

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