It was a Monday afternoon in November 1993, the start of the NFL’s first Thanksgiving game and it was an early-season game that had fans and media buzzing.
That game had the NFL in the midst of a national scandal, with allegations of widespread cheating and the commissioner being suspended.
And the NFL was on the verge of losing its first-ever Thanksgiving game to a playoff team.
The NFL would play four games in just nine days in the final game of the year, and it would be the final one for the NFL and the league office.
The next day, the commissioner announced that he would step down from his position, and that day would be Thanksgiving.
The players and their families were on the sidelines in disbelief, and many NFL fans were furious.
As it turned out, the NFL had been the victim of some pretty bad behavior in the early 1990s, as well.
In 1992, the league had lost a lawsuit from a former player, Johnathan Jackson, who accused the league of a wide-ranging pattern of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The league settled the suit for $25 million.
The following year, the team owners were also sued over a series of incidents involving players and staff members.
The commissioner himself was investigated for allegedly using his position to advance a business interest.
In 1993, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that the league was engaged in a pattern of unfair labor practices, and found that the commissioner was aware of the issues but did not take any action to prevent them from occurring.
The report was a critical factor in the NFLs decision to cancel Thanksgiving in 1992, citing the commissioner’s role in facilitating the scheduling of the game as a factor in canceling it.
In 2004, the American Psychiatric Association called for a change in the definition of mental illness to reflect the changing nature of the disorder.
In 2005, the National Football League filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs to overturn a ruling that it had not committed a criminal act when it fired an employee who was found to have a mental disorder.
But a federal judge ruled in favor of the league in 2009, allowing the league to sue the VA to get its benefits reinstated.
The two lawsuits, one involving the veterans and one involving former players, came just two years after the NBA lost a $9 million settlement from the NCAA, which was also based in part on the NFL case.
The NBA and the NFL have both been hit with similar lawsuits since then, with each accusing the other of misconduct.
Last year, as the NFL appealed its lawsuit against CBS Sports, which aired the story about Jackson’s allegations, the lawsuit was settled.
But the NFL said the settlement with CBS Sports did not go far enough.
In a statement released Tuesday, the owners called the settlement agreement “nothing more than a slap in the face to the American people.”
“The NFL is grateful to CBS Sports for their cooperation in the settlement,” the statement said.
“The league is confident that this settlement will result in a more level playing field for all parties in the future.”
In an interview with CBSSports.com on Tuesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes the NFL is making progress.
“We are still on the right path, and we believe that this agreement will bring some clarity to the matter,” Goodell said.
Goodell also said that the NFL would continue to cooperate with federal investigations.
“It’s not the right time to comment,” he said.
The investigation has been led by the Justice Department, the Justice and Public Integrity Departments, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the FBI.
The settlement will help ensure that the public will have confidence that NFLs actions do not reflect the way the game is played in the United States, Goodell said in a statement.
“While we were able to reach this agreement in a matter of days, it took the full cooperation of the owners, the Commissioner, the players and the media,” he added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.