National Football League teams were hit with surprise federal inspections on Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation of prescription drug abuse, tied to a lawsuit brought by former players. Jeffrey Brown talks to Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post, which broke the story. Continue reading
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
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.
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
Should professional athletes be role models? Continue reading
At bat for the last time on his home field, Yankees player Derek Jeter made the winning run of the game. That emotional farewell comes at a time when pro sports and athletes have been in the headlines for troubling and criminal behavior. Jeffrey Brown talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today and ABC News and Mike Pesca of Slate and NPR about Jeter’s closer, plus a scandal in sports opinion journalism. Continue reading
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
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