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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

  • 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

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    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

  • The Federal Communications Commission is considering policy that could ban the word "Redskins" on public airwaves. Photo by Flickr user Keith Allison
    August 18, 2014   BY Ariel Min 

    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.
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  • The Federal Communications Commission is considering policy that could ban the word "Redskins" on public airwaves. Photo by Flickr user Keith Allison
    August 7, 2014   BY Sam Lane 

    Washington’s NFL team has drawn more fire over its use of the “Redskins” nickname, this time from the collegiate level.
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    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