From domestic violence to deflated footballs, this NFL season has been rife with scandal, and yet its viewership has remained loyal. Ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl, Hari Sreenivasan takes stock of the year in pro-football with Kevin Blackistone of ESPN and Christine Brennan of USA Today. Continue reading
Economics correspondent Paul Solman visits Las Vegas, the global epicenter of sports gambling, to learn how research and analytics separates the sports betting pros from the average joes. Continue reading
The Patriots and the Seahawks aren’t the only ones with a lot riding on this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Plenty of professional gamblers will also be watching the score — and every interception in between — in the hopes of boosting their own fortunes. Paul Solman caught up with one of those bettors in Las Vegas during the NLF playoffs. Continue reading
Banks, popularly known to fans as “Mr. Cub,” joined the team as its first black player in 1953. He hit 512 career home runs throughout his 19-season career with the Cubs and was famous for his catchphrase, “Let’s play two,” which adorns his statue at Wrigley Field. Continue reading
The National Football League released a statement on Friday regarding their investigation into the New England Patriots’ use of 11 underinflated footballs during Sunday’s championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick denied any knowledge concerning the use of underinflated footballs during the team’s blowout victory against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. Belichick, addressing the media Thursday morning about the controversy, said he didn’t learn about the accusations until the next day.
The first-ever college football championship playoffs will kick-off on New Year’s Day. But there’s been confusion about and criticism for the semifinal selection process. Judy Woodruff turns to Mike Pesca of Slate to sort out the new system. Continue reading
The Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday will hold a hearing on domestic violence in professional sports.
After a 13-year career in the NBA, Jason Collins, the first openly gay professional basketball player, is retiring. Eighteen months ago Collins came out as gay through a first person article published in Sports Illustrated. In the first line he wrote, “I am a 34-year old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” He announced his plans to retire today, again through first person, this time on The Players’ Tribune. Continue reading