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
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
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
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
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
With the kickoff of NFL’s regular season less than three weeks away, CBS Sports’ lead analyst and former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms announced on Monday that he is considering calling the Washington Redskins only “Washington” when he covers the team’s game against the New York Giants in September.
Washington’s NFL team has drawn more fire over its use of the “Redskins” nickname, this time from the collegiate level.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is a lover of games played on hard courts, baseball diamonds and in 10-yard increments. His two daughters are active in sports and, like many parents with children on athletic teams, he worries about their safety.
But unlike many of those parents, Obama is uniquely positioned to help address the concerns.
At the White House on Thursday, Obama hosted a summit with representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, researchers and others to call attention to the issue of youth sports concussions. Continue reading
With the National Football League draft a few months away, University of Missouri football standout Michael Sam came out as gay to the national media Sunday. Judy Woodruff talks to ESPN’s Kevin Blackistone and Wade Davis of the You Can Play Project about challenges Sam could face as he stands to be the NFL’s first openly gay, active player. Continue reading
As the NFL rakes in about $10 billion in revenue per year and the winners of Super Bowl Sunday will take home around $92,000 each — NFL cheerleaders are sometimes paid less than minimum wage for their performances. Continue reading