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Weekend NFL Roundup

Monday, September 19, 2011

One week into the new NFL season, the Falcons defeated the Eagles, the Titans took the Ravens, and more. Wall Street Journal sports writer Nando Di Fino watched all of yesterday's big games and gives his analysis.

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The Takeaway

NFL Season Kicks Off

Monday, September 12, 2011

The NFL season kicked off this weekend with the Dallas Cowboys losing to the New York Jets, Baltimore taking down Pittsburg, the Colts losing to the Texans, and the Redskins taking down the Giants. Nando di Fino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, gives a preview of the new NFL season, and gives his picks for fantasy fans.

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The Takeaway

Get Ready for Some Thursday Night Football

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Football fans have waited all year for tonight. The defending champions, the Green Bay Packers will face off against the New Orleans Saints, the Super Bowl champions of 2009. For serious football fanatics, that means fantasy football is starting up too, and the draft finished up last night.

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Radiolab

Skin in the Game

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Writer Eric Simons gets the ball rolling this episode with an embarrassing admission about a beautiful night, a hockey game, and an overwhelming, outsized feeling of rage that overtook his senses. 

What is it about being a fan that causes such intense reactions? How can the outcome of a game ...

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The Takeaway

NFL Season Starts With Class Action Lawsuit

Friday, August 19, 2011

It almost didn’t happen, but there will indeed be an NFL season this year. It all begins in just a few weeks but already, the season may be off to a rocky start. Seven former players have filed a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming the league fails to properly treat them for concussions and deliberately trying to conceal links between football and brain injuries. It could become the first potential class-action case of its kind.

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The Takeaway

Why The NFL Should Have Stayed Locked Out

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thank you to The Wall Street Journal's Nando di Fino and Jerry Watson, the owner of the Stadium View Grille in Green Bay, Wisconsin who let us know this morning about the winners and losers of the NFL labor agreement that ends the NFL lockout after about 136 days.

But sorry, Nando and Jerry, John and Celeste, I know I am in the minority but I wanted football to stay locked out.

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The Takeaway

NFL Lockout Ends as Players, Owners Agree to Deal

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The NFL lockout that, for the past five months, had threatened to derail the 2011 season has ended with an agreement between owners and players. Thirty-two player representatives voted unanimously to approve the same labor deal that owners approved last Thursday. Who ultimately "won," the players or the owners?

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The Takeaway

Players to Vote on Settlement Ending NFL Lockout

Thursday, July 21, 2011

$320 million is what seems to be separating the two increasingly agreeable sides of the NFL lockout this morning. Players are expected to take a formal vote on a proposed settlement with NFL owners, bringing a new football season one step closer to reality. The Wall Street Journal's Nando Di Fino has the latest updates.

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The Takeaway

The NFL Lockout and the Battle of the Lawyers

Monday, June 06, 2011

The NFL lockout continues, and the real fight now is between each sides' lawyers. The NFL has brought in Paul Clement, while Ted Olsen argues for the players. Both are former Solicitor Generals, and both are experts at arguing before the Supreme Court. Nando di Fino, sports writer for the Wall Street Journal, tells us what happens next.

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The Takeaway

A Recruit Responds to OSU Head Football Coach Jim Tressel Resignation

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Up until recently, Ohio State University head coach, Jim Tressel had a brilliant career. He was the Head Football Coach for Ohio State, a Big Ten school that recruits some of the most talented athletes in the nation. He had one national title and seven Big Ten championships. However, Tressel resigned amid accusations that he’s covered up years worth of NCAA violations among his players. Running Back Bri'onte Dunn, from Canton, Ohio, has made a verbal commitment to join the OSU Buckeyes in January 2012. What will these developments mean for his future? Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin weighs in.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Weekly Business Roundup

Friday, March 04, 2011

The nation posts its best monthly jobs report in many months, but there's still a long way to go to recovery.

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The Takeaway

NFL Lockout May Affect More Than Millionaires

Friday, March 04, 2011

Negotiations between NFL owners and its player's union were granted a 24-hour extension yesterday, avoiding the first work stoppage since 1987. When asked if he would arbitrate in any way, President Obama scoffed, saying "My working assumption at a time when people are having to cut back, compromise and worry about making the mortgage and paying for their kids’ college education is the two parties should be able to work it out without the president of the United States intervening.But amidst the battle between millionaires and billionaires, it's easy to forget that football plays a big role in the American economy.

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The Takeaway

NFL Union Battles and the Future of Football

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The NFL management has accused its players of deliberately trying to decertify their own union. If no action is taken, the National Football League Players Association will be decertified at midnight tonight. Why would NFL players want to do this? To be able to sue. Unions are barred from filing anti-trust lawsuits against the league, but individual players would have this right without the unions and can make more money. However, players stand to lose benefits and a say in how the league is run.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Future of Football

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Ben McGrath, staff writer at the New Yorker, talks about what the new science on the severity and regularity of concussions means for the future of football.

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It's A Free Blog

Taking a Pass on Football for the Next Generation

Monday, February 07, 2011

I love football. And for good reason. My father had no money for college and would not have gone but for track and football scholarships. 

But this is the first year he and I didn’t watch the Super Bowl together. My father now suffers from Parkinson’s disease. I believe — and his doctors do too — that repeated concussions triggered the disease.

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Green Bay Packers Rise to the Top: Super Bowl XLV Recapped

Monday, February 07, 2011

The Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and took home the Lombardi Trophy. Green Bay won the game 31-25 with quarterback Aaron Rodgers winning MVP. Nando Di Fino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, recaps the game and looks at future of the NFL going into the off-season, as a bitter labor dispute threatens to lock-out players next season.

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WNYC News

Manhattan Lab Rats Help in Hunt for NFL Safeguards

Friday, February 04, 2011

The Super Bowl on Sunday marked the official end to the NFL season, a time that brought increased focus on violence, injuries and the need for greater safeguards in the game. That focus has been felt, in a small way, by several rats in one Manhattan research lab.

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The Takeaway

Looking Ahead at the Super Bowl with a Real Steeler and a Real Packer

Friday, February 04, 2011

This Sunday, football fans around the country will be cheering on two teams that have come to be known for their colors, their devoted fans, and their long history in the NFL. Of course, there’s at least one other thing the teams are also known for: their names, which are linked to proud professions and industries unique to each region.

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The Takeaway

Super Bowl 2011: Jets and Bears out, Packers and Steelers In

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Super Bowl match up is set. The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship, and the New York Jets lost to  the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship. Super Bowl XLV's teams now have two weeks to prepare for "the big one." Here to describe the heartache and the triumph, as well as what's coming, is Nando Di Fino, sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

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The Takeaway

BCS Championship: Auburn Tigers Beat Oregon Ducks, NBA: Carmelo Anthony Dreams of Change

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The title of national champions lay on the line at the BCS Championship last night. The Auburn Tigers completed their undefeated season with a 22-19 victory over the Oregon Ducks with a dramatic field goal by Wes Byrum. The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, recaps the exciting game. 

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