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The Takeaway

Sponsors Push Back Against the NFL

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Anheuser-Busch says that it is not happy with the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals. Nike has pulled Peterson jerseys from its stores in the Minneapolis area.

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The Takeaway

Why Football Matters: A Defense of the Game

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Why do we love football? And what is it that the game has to teach us? A new memoir from Mark Edmundson, University of Virginia professor of English, takes up those questions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Former Football Fan's Lament

Monday, September 15, 2014

Former sports reporter Steve Almond explains why he gave up watching football.

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The Takeaway

The Power of Video, From Ray Rice to ISIS

Monday, September 15, 2014

From Ray Rice to ISIS, the world pays attention to video. But what is it about video that makes us watch, or choose not to watch?

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WNYC News

Rutgers Football Distances Itself From Disgraced Alum Ray Rice

Friday, September 12, 2014

 Though the Rutgers football program isn't directly involved in the Ray Rice scandal, the school is cutting ties with its former star player in light of other recent scandals.

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The Takeaway

When Violence at Home Enters the Workplace

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A new video of football star Ray Rice assaulting his wife raises questions about what domestic violence policies the NFL—or any employer—should put in place.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ray Rice, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Bigger Stories Behind the Sports

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A close look at two major sports headlines this week: the suspension of Ray Rice, and the decision by Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson to sell the team. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Domestic Violence, Kissinger on 'World Order,' and Cockroaches as Robots

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Takeaway looks at domestic violence and the workplace in the wake of Ray Rice's firing, remote-controlled roaches, and Henry Kissinger discusses the future of U.S. foreign policy.

Soundcheck

Jon Bon Jovi Could Be The Next Owner Of The Buffalo Bills

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Jon Bon Jovi is a potential buyer of the Buffalo Bills football team, which is currently up for sale. But as it turns out, Bills fans are none too pleased about the prospect of their team being owned by the New Jersey rocker. We talk with Reeves Wiedeman of the New Yorker, who recently wrote a piece for New York magazine about why a group of diehard Bills fans have started a protest banning Bon Jovi music from Buffalo. 

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WNYC News

Jets Cheerleader Leads Charge for Fair Wages

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

WNYC

A former cheerleader is suing the New York Jets for alleged wage violations. Her lawyer says it's about more than the money; it's about respect.

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The Takeaway

The 1998 NFL Draft: History's Biggest Sports Flop?

Monday, May 05, 2014

In 1998, the Colts picked Payton Manning and Ryan Leaf went to the Chargers. The draft produced one of the greatest busts in history. What have we learned about the science of evaluating human talent?

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Transportation Nation

Why Super Bowl Transit Math Didn't Add Up

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Despite billing the game early on as the "first mass transit Super Bowl," officials seemed caught off guard by the volume of people who took the train to the game.

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New Jersey News

American Dream Not Realized In Time For Super Bowl

Saturday, February 01, 2014

NJPR

As thousands flock to MetLife Stadium this weekend, the vision of a huge money-making entertainment  complex next door has turned into a mirage.

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WNYC News

How Did the Super Bowl End up in a City Like East Rutherford?

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC

 

Recently Super Bowls tend to go to cities that build new stadiums. Owners lobby ferociously to host the game. 

That was the case with 1.6 billion dollar Met Life Stadium opened in 2010

 

Recently Super Bowls tend to go to cities that build new stadiums. Owners lobby ferociously to host the gam

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WNYC News

Guts! Glory! Fakery! Why Football Loves The Pre-Game Speech

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC
Football coaches have long used their oratorical powers to goad their teams to glory, but even men like Ronald Reagan have used the pre-game speech to motivate their subordinates. 

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WNYC News

Super Bowl Ticket Prices as Variable as the Weather

Thursday, January 30, 2014

WNYC

The New York-New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee says the game will generate between $500 and $600 million of projected economic activity for the region. But hotel prices are falling and tickets to the game have taken a dip--kind of like the temperature in the Northeast in recent days.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Does The NFL Deserve Nonprofit Status?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In addition to local franchises getting tax breaks, the NFL as a league retains nonprofit status that lets it avoid millions of dollars in taxes. As we prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl, Gregg Easterbrook, author of The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America, discusses the arrangement and the big money in pro football.

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WNYC News

Christie Gets a Super Bowl Box After All

Friday, January 17, 2014

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For a while, it looked like New Jersey's Chris Christie wouldn't get to watch the Super Bowl from the vantage of a luxury box. But thanks to an agency he controls, Christie will get access to box seats on Feb. 2 after all.

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WNYC News

Is the NFL Concussion Settlement a Good Deal?

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

An investigative reporter for ESPN says the NFL settlement is a mixed bag.

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New Jersey News

Does Super Bowl Math Add Up?

Monday, January 06, 2014

WNYC

This year’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., is predicted to bring a half a billion dollars to the New York and New Jersey region. But economists don’t expect to see that kind of cash raining down on the Garden State.

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