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    September 20, 2014  

    By a two-to-one margin, Americans disapprove of the way the NFL has handled domestic violence incidents involving its players, according to a poll conducted by ABC News and Marist college. The NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs team asked high school students if professional athletes should be considered role models. Continue reading

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    September 20, 2014  

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took the heat for the Ray Rice incident at a Friday press conference. But amid mounting public pressure to answer for multiple accusations of domestic-violence incidents that have spread throughout the league, how can NFL officials move forward? Kevin Clark of The Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan in New York City. Continue reading

  • We asked: should our sports heroes also be our heroes in real life?Laryssa is a senior at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas.
    September 19, 2014   BY News Desk 

    We asked students from around the country: should our sports heroes also be our heroes in real life? Continue reading

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    September 17, 2014  

    Some sponsors of the NFL have started to complain publicly about the league’s handling of the cases involving players and domestic abuse of spouses and children. Despite extra scrutiny, ratings and fan attendance have held. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Andrew Zimbalist of Smith College and Gregg Easterbrook, author of “The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America” about the economic consequences. Continue reading

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks
    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

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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