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Steve Ballmer, L.A. Clippers owner

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


Ballmer talks about his early experiences as owner of a major sports team. Continue


‘Happy Valley’ examines aftermath of Sandusky scandal

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


In 2012, Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted for sexually assaulting children. Joe Paterno, the beloved head coach, was fired for failing to report the crime. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Amir Bar-Lev, director of a new documentary, “Happy Valley,” that examines the immediate aftermath of the scandal and how Penn State’s football-first community recovered. Continue


NFL Abuse Scandals; Hillary Clinton & Economy; Freed Slaves

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To The Contrary
PBS


NFL Abuse Scandal: The NFL could potentially loose sponsorships if they do not handle the recent domestic violence allegations appropriately. Hillary Clinton & Economy: Hillary Clinton believes more women working will boost the economy. Freed Slaves: A historical picture resurfaces of four freed female slaves after Reconstruction. PANEL: Del. Norton, Genevieve Wood, Avis Jones-DeWever, Patrice Lee Continue


How scandals could change the business of football

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


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


Will the NFL be safer this year?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


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
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


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
PBS


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


Sorting out the college football playoff selections

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


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


Why did no one flag UNC’s bogus classes?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


For more than 18 years, thousands of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took credit courses that never met as a class with a professor; a disproportionate number of the students in those classes were athletes. Gwen Ifill talks to former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein about the investigation that unearthed the fraud and why it lasted so long. Continue


TTC Extra: Hope Solo

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To The Contrary
PBS


Hope Solo, goal keeper for the U.S. soccer team has yet to be reprimanded after her assualt charge against her sister and nephew from last summer. Her sponsor, Nike has also remained silent in this situation, but were quick to take action against a few NFL players accused of the same misdemeanor. Continue


Domestic Violence & NFL; ISIS; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

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To The Contrary
PBS


Domestic Violence & NFL: The league's handling of the Ray Rice case is questioned as survivors share personal stories. ISIS: The terrorist group both recruits and enslaves women. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: The Democratic senator talks about how to empower women in her new book, "Off the Sidelines." PANEL: Sabrina Schaeffer, Sam Bennett, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Darlene Kennedy 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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