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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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NFL's Roger Goodell to hold a press conference, the first in 9 days. We'll have the latest.

NFL's Roger Goodell to hold a press conference, the first in 9 days. We'll have the latest.

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September 18th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

NFL feeling the heat from sponsors

(CNN) – With more NFL players making headlines for their rap sheets than stat sheets, sponsors are speaking out about the league and even criticizing its handling of these high profile cases.

"I am deeply disturbed that the repugnant behavior of a few players and the NFL's acknowledged mishandling of these issues, is casting a cloud over the integrity of the league ... the reality for Commissioner Goodell and the NFL is that they now have an opportunity to affect positive change with the situation presented to them. I urge them to seize this moment," read a strongly worded statement from Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of Pepsi Co.

McDonalds, Visa, Campbell's Soup and Anheuser-Busch have also released statements pledging to monitor how the NFL deals with domestic violence cases going forward.

USA Today sports columnist Nancy Armour joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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September 18th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Oracle founder steps down as CEO

(CNN) – Three days after CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" reported that unpatched security holes in software from tech giant Oracle could have exposed sensitive information on tens of thousands of people, CNN has learned that Oracle founder Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO, the position he's held since 1977.

But he's not leaving the company altogether. Ellison will hang on as the executive chairman of Oracle's board and chief technology officer.

Forbes lists Ellison as the fifth-richest man in the world.

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September 16th, 2014
06:28 PM ET

Could NFL scandals alienate female fan base?

(CNN) – The National Football League is a $10 billion a year industry that attracts millions of fans around the world.

So it's no wonder the league is scrambling to recover from what's been an embarrassing, and perhaps even costly start to the 2014 season, thanks to back-to-back scandals involving two of the NFL's marquee players.
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September 15th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Scandal-plagued athletes sponsored by Nike: Just blew it

(CNN) – There is no better sign that an athlete has made it than to have that world famous Nike swoosh attached to his or her name.

But when an athlete's career goes from "Just Do It" to 'Just Blew It,' Nike is then forced to weigh the risks versus rewards of keeping a high profile celebrity endorsement deal intact.

When the shocking video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée went public last week, Nike made the decision to drop Rice.

But the company still faced scrutiny.

"It took the video, huh? Not the woman beating? Nice," one person tweeted after Nike made the announcement.

And Nike could face even more criticism for its decision to stick by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted last week on child abuse charges.
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September 10th, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Apple's Tim Cook out from Steve Jobs' shadow?

(CNN) – After the unveiling of new iPhones, Apple Pay, and especially the Apple Watch, The New York Times' technology reporter went bullish, declaring the company is back, and better ever.

"The big question about Tim Cook's Apple was whether it could make something completely new, and whether whatever it made would be kind of as ground breaking as the stuff that Apple produced when Steve Jobs was CEO. And I think basically they answered that question yesterday," reporter Farhad Manjoo said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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