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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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

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.

money lead

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.

sports lead

September 16th, 2014
07:04 PM ET

Is domestic violence in the NFL as widespread as portrayed?

(CNN) – In the wake of scandals involving two of its star players, the NFL has a growing image problem, not only with fans, but also with sponsors.

Anheuser-Busch, a beer company that spent $34 million on Super Bowl ads last year, is taking the league to task.

money lead

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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money lead

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.

pop lead

September 12th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

The Wrap editor: SNL has a ‘diversity deluge’ going on

(CNN) – It was nearly 40 years ago when NBC's "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jane Curtin got something off her chest, so to speak, about getting a less-than-warm reception after she replaced Chevy Chase on the "Weekend Update" desk.

Now, history is in many ways repeating itself on the iconic fake news show.

Cecily Strong, who served as co-anchor on the show for a year, is out. Taking her place is a new cast member, Michael Che.

Che joins Colin Jost, becoming the first African-American behind that desk, and creating Weekend Update's first male anchor duo team.

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