Northeastern Illinois University's student-run newspaper

NEIU Independent

Northeastern Illinois University's student-run newspaper

NEIU Independent

Northeastern Illinois University's student-run newspaper

NEIU Independent

Fans support Chicago Fire FC at SeatGeek Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, during a 2016 MLS Season match. The Fire was expected to move in 2020 to Soldier Field, in downtown Chicago, but the plan was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.(The Independent/ Erwin Lopez Rada).

Chicago FIRE FC looking to improve on 2020 highlights for the upcoming 2021 MLS season

Erwin Lopez Rada, News Editor January 26, 2021

Though the Chicago Fire FC (CFFC)prepares to face 2021 MLS season with a defined identity and established style of play, they must address their lack of roster depth to improve on last season’s 11th-place...

Players wont be strong-armed; Workplace safety, unfair compensation emerge as concerns among MLB players

“Players won’t be strong-armed”; Workplace safety, unfair compensation emerge as concerns among MLB players

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief May 12, 2020

MLB owners approved a plan Monday to restart the suspended MLB season by early July. However, concerns surrounding hazardous workplace conditions and unfair compensation models emerged as concerns among...

MLB owners approve plan to start season by July

MLB owners approve plan to start season by July

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief May 11, 2020

Major League Baseball owners accepted a plan Monday endorsing an abbreviated 82-game regular season beginning around Fourth of July weekend.  Under the plan, spring training would begin in early to mid-June. MLB...

WWE: Six takeaways from Money In The Bank

WWE: Six takeaways from Money In The Bank

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief May 11, 2020

With Money In The Banks officially in the books, it's time to take a look at some of the implications and of last night's performance. The NEIU Independent lists six observations from last night's show...

Breaking down MLBs 80-game season proposal

Breaking down MLB’s 80-game season proposal

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief May 9, 2020

Major League Baseball is reportedly considering an abbreviated 80-game season beginning in July, according to Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago.  Under the proposal, games would be played without fans...

Chicago White Sox roster: the good and the bad

Chicago White Sox roster: the good and the bad

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief May 6, 2020

Despite all five Chicago teams failing to qualify for postseason play for the first time since 2004, Chicago remains a proud fan base. While some hometown teams offer cause for hope, others appear destined...

The Nagy-Trubisky connection has set the Bears back years. How long of a leash will Pace give them? | Photo by: NBCSports.com

BREAKING: Bears decline Mitch Trubisky’s fifth-year option

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief May 2, 2020

The Chicago Bears announced Saturday that the team will decline quarterback Mitch Trubisky's fifth-year option, as first reported by Tom Pelissaro of NFL Network. The move allows Trubisky to become...

Believe it or not: Bears might have actually won the Trubisky trade

Believe it or not: Bears might have actually won the Trubisky trade

May 1, 2020

Don’t look now, but the Chicago Bears may have actually won the Mitch Trubisky trade. Of course, that’s not meant to operate as a testament toward Trubisky or Bears general manager Ryan Pace. Instead,...

BREAKING: Chicago Bears sign Tashaun Gipson to one-year deal

BREAKING: Chicago Bears sign Tashaun Gipson to one-year deal

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief April 30, 2020

Days after being cut by the Houston Texans, Pro Bowl safety Tashaun Gipson agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, according to Pro Football Talk. Houston released Gipson one year after...

NCAA Board of Governors votes to allow athletes to profit off their name, likeness and image

NCAA Board of Governors votes to allow athletes to profit off their name, likeness and image

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief April 29, 2020

The NCAA took a significant step toward modernizing its product today after the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow student athletes to profit off their names, image and likeness. The measure is expected...

The Pippen myth: How Scottie Pippen went from underrated to overrated

The Pippen myth: How Scottie Pippen went from underrated to overrated

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief April 28, 2020

For decades, NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen remained criminally underrated, emblazoned with the inescapable label of Robin to Michael Jordan’s Batman. Standing 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds, the six-time...

NFL Draft: Best remaining players on Day 2

NFL Draft: Best remaining players on Day 2

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief April 24, 2020

With Day 2 of the NFL Draft just hours away, the NEIU Independent takes a look at the draft's best remaining prospects. As always, first-round talent slipped to the second round as NFL franchises filled...

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