With the Australian Football League’s Grand Final scheduled for Sept. 27, Margaret Evans returns from Sydney with a primer on “Australian rules.”
The NFL’s recent domestic violence scandals have created a public relations nightmare for the league. Gene Grabowski of the communications firm Levick says Roger Goodell’s press conference on Friday made things worse. Grabowski joins Bill Littlefield to discuss what the NFL needs to do to address the ongoing controversy.
After fans and sponsors expressed frustration about the possibility of Adrian Peterson returning to the field, the Minnesota Vikings’ owners reversed course Wednesday. The team has announced Peterson will not play until his child abuse case is resolved.
The NFL has hired new staff members to oversee the league’s domestic violence program. The National Organization for Women says that’s not enough. And in more fallout from the Ray Rice saga, pop star Rihanna and TV network CBS ended up in a feud.
A week of news about the ongoing Ray Rice saga had some observers wondering if the NFL brand would take a hit. But the TV ratings for one of the league’s showcase, prime-time slots were even higher than last year.
In his new book “NFL Football: A History Of America’s New National Pastime,” Richard Crepeau examines a time when the league was not always front and center in popular cultures. He joins Bill Littlefield to explore the game’s evolution.
Worries that the Bills might be expatriated have been put to rest. The Pegulas, owners of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, have taken over the team and plan to keep the franchise in place. Jerry Sullivan of The Buffalo News joins Bill Littlefield to give an update.
Sports on Earth columnist Will Leitch joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice situation and whether the league is reaching a tipping point.
Bill Littlefield has this week’s developments in the controversy surrounding NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice case.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claims he did not see the tape of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiance in an elevator before he handed down a two-game suspension. Count Bill Littlefield among the skeptics.