• Falls Church plays McLean in football
    October 6, 2014  

    The debate over the health risks of high school football has escalated since three student players died in a week. PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs talk to the football team at T.C. Williams High School in Virginia for their response. Then Gwen Ifill sits down with Steven Broglio, director of the NeuroSport Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan to discuss the risks to young athletes. Continue reading

  • Washington's NFL team may still use it, but in California, high schools no longer will be able to use nickname "Redskins." Photo by Flickr user Keith Allison
    September 30, 2014   BY Joshua Barajas 

    In a move that adds to the mounting protests that the ‘Redskins’ team name is disparaging to Native Americans, the Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that the communications agency will consider banning the Washington NFL team name from on-air broadcasts.
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  • NFL football helmet
    September 30, 2014   BY Margaret Myers 

    The Federal Communications Commission announced today it was ending protection of the NFL’s blackout policy, which prohibits local broadcast stations from televising a game if a team does not sell a certain percentage of tickets at least 72 hours prior to kickoff. Continue reading

  • National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell says that the NFL's tax-exempt status was a "distraction." The league has agreed to give up its status, the Associated Press reported. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
    September 11, 2014  

    The National Football League announced an investigation led by former FBI director Robert Mueller amid new questions about when league officials first saw images of Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Kavitha Davidson of Bloomberg View about the investigation, whether commissioner Roger Goodell will keep his job and the prevalence of domestic violence incidents in the NFL. Continue reading

  • domesticviolence
    September 9, 2014  

    Twenty years ago today, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act, and in those years, domestic violence has been dramatically reduced. But the problem is far from solved: one in four women in the U.S. will be victims of assault by a partner in her lifetime. Judy Woodruff speaks with Esta Soler of Futures Without Violence about what it will take to end that abuse. Continue reading

  • San Francisco 49ers v Baltimore Ravens
    September 8, 2014  

    NFL player Ray Rice was fired by the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced showing him striking his then-fiance in a casino elevator. Meanwhile, NBA team owner Bruce Levenson announced he will sell the Atlanta Hawks because of an email suggesting discomfort with black fans in the stadium. Judy Woodruff gets reaction from Christine Brennan of USA Today and Kevin Blackistone of ESPN. Continue reading

  • Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
    September 8, 2014   BY Margaret Myers 

    On a day when NFL fans should be busy comparing their fantasy teams and stoking quarterback controversies, the discussion in the sports world is focused instead on the horrendous images of Ray Rice knocking his fiancé unconscious in an elevator. Continue reading

  • concussionsnfl
    September 4, 2014  

    The NFL has been heavily scrutinized for encouraging gameplay at the expense of player safety. As the league kicks off its 95th season, new rules are aimed at preventing injuries and reducing contact. Jeffrey Brown discusses the league’s adjustments with DeMaurice Smith, the Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, and Dr. Matthew Matava of the NFL Physicians Society. Continue reading

  • Photo by Andrew Hancock/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images
    September 2, 2014   BY Margaret Myers 

    Football may have replaced baseball as America’s pastime, but it’s also become a sport mired in controversy — from the reported risks of concussions to the off-field behavior of its players. But author Mark Edmundson says the game can also be a great motivator for young men, instilling in them the virtues of hard work, confidence and teamwork. Continue reading

  • Super Bowl XLVIII Seattle Seahawks v Denver Broncos
    September 1, 2014  

    By far the most popular sport in America, football instills a spirit of resilience and teamwork. But the sport also continues to garner headlines for its violence, health risks from concussions and cases of domestic abuse by players. Jeffrey Brown talks to Mark Edmundson, author of “Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game,” about the good and the bad of playing football. Continue reading

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