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Venkataraman: The No Fun League

In 20 years, we may look back and remember the 2013-2014 NFL season as the moment when everything went to pieces. The biggest and richest sporting association in America, riding high on ballooning cash flows, exorbitant TV deals, a cutthroat collective bargaining agreement that took significant money away from the players and a dubious and yet seemingly irrevocable status as a…

Venkataraman: One last gasp

I spent much of Saturday afternoon screaming at my television, losing my mind over what seemed to be yet another playoff failure by Tom Brady and my beloved Patriots. And then, something truly remarkable happened — the New England Patriots’ supposedly much-improved defense finally decided to show up at Gillette Stadium, Tom Brady turned into Super Tom…