Football

1:24am

Wed November 13, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Why Has Football Become So Brutish?

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 9:08 am

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (left) and tackle Jonathan Martin stand on the field during practice in Davie, Fla. Martin left the NFL after he faced harassment from Incognito that his lawyer said went "beyond locker-room hazing."
Lynne Sladky AP

Not surprisingly, in the explosive revelations about the Miami Dolphins team turmoil, most attention has been paid to the fact that, in the midst of a locker room predominately composed of African-American players, a white, Richie Incognito, slurred a black teammate, Jonathan Martin, with the ugliest racial epithet –– and was actually publicly supported by some blacks on the team. Incognito's sadistic employment of the word has not only sickened but also astounded most of us.

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1:44am

Wed September 25, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Head Games: NFL Should Share Records About Concussions

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 11:15 am

12:06pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Sports

NCAA Lifts Some Of The Sanctions Imposed On Penn State

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 3:18 pm

Penn State football players run onto the field earlier this month in State College, Pa.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Citing what it says has been "Penn State's continued progress toward ensuring athletics integrity," the NCAA said Tuesday that it is gradually restoring the football scholarships the school lost in the aftermath of the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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9:20am

Sun September 22, 2013
The Sunday Conversation

NFL Veteran Recounts The Bruises And Breaks Of Life In The League.

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Being a professional football player can be a brutal life. Nate Jackson spent six years in the NFL, mostly as a receiver with the Denver Broncos, and while he wasn't a star — or even a starter — he did carve out life in the rarefied air of professional sports, and he got just as banged up as any big-name player. But he learned to play through the pain.

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1:31am

Fri September 20, 2013
Planet Money

Cashing In On The Fantasy-Sports Economy

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 2:04 pm

Lots of fantasy managers are taking out insurance on Adrian Peterson this year.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

There's big money in fantasy sports. Last year, alone, people paid $1.7 billion to play in fantasy leagues. With all that money sloshing around, a fantasy economy has sprung up, giving rise to real businesses. Here are four of them.

The Insurance Company

Henry Olszewski founded Fantasy Sports Insurance in 2008 — the year the financial system nearly collapsed. And, more importantly, the year New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered a serious hit to the knee.

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