The Kansas City Royals’ meteoric rise from Midwestern underdog to American League champs has electrified its hometown. Tonight, before the faceoff with World Series veterans, the San Francisco Giants, Gwen Ifill speaks Mike Pesca of Slate and Hampton Stevens of The Atlantic about the state of play that allowed an unlikely team to rise through the ranks. Continue reading
At Sayreville War Memorial High in New Jersey, seven players from the school’s revered football program were arrested for attacking younger teammates in the team’s locker room. Jeffrey Brown learns more about the charges of sexual assault and “pervasive” bullying from Kate Zernike of The New York Times. Continue reading
As the San Francisco Giants prepare to play the Washington Nationals in Major League Baseball’s postseason Friday, the Library of Congress has made it possible to watch the Giants battle Washington 90 years ago — in the World Series. The … 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
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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
The Cubs will close out the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field tonight when they play their last home game of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals. When the lights go down on the field Wednesday, however, it will be more than the end of both a season and a century at the ballpark — it will also mark the end of a video-free era.
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
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