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
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
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
Besides being a beloved baseball star, Babe Ruth was one of the first cancer patients to receive a combination of chemotherapy and radiation, a practice that doctors still use today. Continue reading
Washington’s NFL team has drawn more fire over its use of the “Redskins” nickname, this time from the collegiate level.
Becky Hammon is hanging up her playing shoes and lacing up her coaching ones, all while making history in the process. The San Antonio Spurs announced Tuesday that they have hired Hammon, a 16-season veteran and six-time all-star with the WNBA, as an assistant coach — marking the first time a woman has ever been hired for the position in the NBA.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has defended the two-game punishment of Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice for domestic abuse. The case, and its aftermath, have sparked a firestorm of public criticism that the penalty was too lenient. Jeffrey Brown talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today/ABC News about the pushback, and how the case fits into larger problems for the sport. Continue reading