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Will the NFL be safer this year?

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PBS NewsHour
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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


TTC Extra: Mo'ne Davis & Little League World Series

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To The Contrary
PBS


Young pitcher Mo'ne Davis has become a sensation, bringing in record viewership numbers for ESPN. She's only the 18th girl to play in the LLWS. Sportswriters and scouts say she could be top pitcher when she grows up. What does it mean for girls playing sports? PANEL: Jennifer Marshall, Anushay Hossain, Rina Shah, Avis Jones DeWeever Continue


Did NFL fumble on Rice’s punishment for domestic violence?

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PBS NewsHour
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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


How will new NCAA head injury guidelines affect players?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The National Collegiate Athletic Association agreed to settle a number of cases brought in a class-action head injury lawsuit. The proposed settlement, which must still be approved by a federal judge, would create a $70 million fund for concussion testing and diagnosis of current and former athletes. Gwen Ifill talks to Rachel Axon of USA TODAY Sports about some lingering questions about the deal. Continue


My Way to Olympia: Filmmaker Interview

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POV
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Niko von Glasow on the making of My Way to Olympia. Continue


Would quasi-professional student athletes harm NCAA sports?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A class-action lawsuit by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon contends that the NCAA should permit former and current college basketball and football players to profit from the use of their names, images, or likenesses in media like video games or TV broadcasts. Judy Woodruff talks to Michael McCann of the University of New Hampshire School of Law for a closer look at the arguments. Continue


American Pharaoh

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American Pharaoh
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American Pharaoh goes behind the scenes with the Egyptian national soccer team — the “Pharaohs” — and its former coach, American Bob Bradley, to capture their historic attempt to reach the 2014 World Cup, which created intense national pride and sparked headlines across the globe. Continue


Becoming Papa: Fathers Key to Gender Justice

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To The Contrary
PBS


Deep in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, something extraordinary is starting to take hold. “Becoming Papa” travels an arduous journey with two Brazilian men who live in homes riven with domestic violence as they transition to living violence-free. Host Bonnie Erbé calls their remarkable transformations to equal caregiving, “the final chapter in feminism.” Don't miss this special documentary episode. Continue


Best Basketball Films

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Independent Lens
PBS


With the upcoming broadcast television premiere of Medora on PBS, not to mention that we’re in the midst of NCAA basketball “March Madness,” we compiled our picks for the best movies about hoops, both documentaries and fictional. Continue


My Way To Olympia - Trailer

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POV
PBS


Who better to cover the Paralympics than a disabled filmmaker who hates sports and deems the games “stupid?” When Niko von Glasow meets the Rwandan sitting volleyball team and an American archer without arms, his notions get blown away. Continue


Obama & Hillary; Domestic Violence; Night Shelters

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To The Contrary
PBS


Obama & Hillary: Should Clinton run against Obama's record on women? Domestic Violence: The NFL and immigration officials take steps that may help victims. Night Shelters: Protecting the children of sex workers in India. PANEL: Patricia Sosa, Betsy Mullins, Rina Shah, Darlene Kennedy Continue


Did NFL fumble on Rice’s punishment for domestic violence?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


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


TTC Extra: Women Sports Executives

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To The Contrary
PBS


Washington DC litigator Michele Roberts shattered a glass ceiling by becoming the first woman to head a players union for one of the top four pro sports. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Genevieve Wood, Patrice Lee, Megan Beyer Continue


Why LeBron’s return to Cleveland is perfect timing

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Ten-time NBA All-Star LeBron James is going home to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jeffrey Brown talks to Kevin Blackistone of the University of Maryland and Glenn Moore of Cleveland.com to discuss motivations behind the move, and the expectations it has produced. Continue


Team USA achieves goal of advancing to knockout round

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Despite a 0-1 defeat to Germany, U.S. fans cheered as their team advanced to the knockout round of 16 teams in the World Cup. Judy Woodruff turns to Matthew Futterman of The Wall Street Journal in Brazil to discuss the evolution of Team U.S.A., how the numbers added up to push them to the next level and why World Cup fever is spreading among American viewers. Continue


TTC Extra: World Cup Mural - Brazil & U.S. Friendship

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To The Contrary
PBS


A mural made by Alexandre Keto with the help of Brazilian and American children and the United States Soccer team depicts the friendly relationship between Brazil and the USA. It attempts to capture the spirit of understanding through sport that competitions such as the World Cup strive to achieve. We capture US Ambassador to Brazil Lilyana Ayalde on a tour of the finished product. Continue


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American Pharaoh
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American Pharaoh goes behind the scenes with the Egyptian national soccer team — the “Pharaohs” — and its former coach, American Bob Bradley. Continue


TTC Extra: Paternity Leave Controversy

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To The Contrary
PBS


New York Mets player Daniel Murphy missed opening day for choosing to attend the birth of his first child. Former football star Boomer Esiason criticized Murphy for his decision and suggested that a C-section should have been scheduled ahead of time in stead. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Bettina Inclan, Francesca Chambers, Megan Beyer Continue


Interview with Medora Filmmakers

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Independent Lens
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Our conversation with Medora filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, about how they first learned of the small Indiana town and what made them drop everything to move there and document the lives of four teenage boys on the struggling high school basketball team. Continue


Exclusive Interview: Josh Pauls in Sochi

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Medal Quest
PBS


In this exclusive interview, ICE WARRIORS' Judith Vecchione talks with U.S. Paralympic sled hockey forward Josh Pauls about his experience in Sochi leading up to the Games. Continue


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