Last weekend, agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration surprised the medical staffs of five NFL teams with unscheduled inspections. ESPN’s John Barr joins Bill Littlefield to explain.
While the NFL sorts out issues of crimes and punishment, Steve Eder, an investigative sports reporter for the New York Times, has written about the league’s culture surrounding domestic violence. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his findings.
“The Black Hole” at Oakland Coliseum seats the most die-hard Oakland Raiders fans. Unfortunately, the light of victory has yet to shine on the team this season. Scott Ostler from the San Francisco Chronicle joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the winless Raiders.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is scheduled to meet with NFL officials on Monday. Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice is awaiting a ruling from an independent arbiter on the appeal of his indefinite ban. Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar joins us to discuss the chances of the players getting back on the field.
Now that Ray Rice’s suspension appeal is underway and Adrian Peterson has reached a plea deal, the NFL’s domestic abuse scandals — and their handling by Commissioner Roger Goodell — return to the headlines. Bill Littlefield offers his take on the latest developments.
Who’s in first place in the NFC West? The Seattle Seahawks, winners of last year’s Super Bowl? No. The San Francisco 49ers, who reached the NFC Championship a season ago? Nope. It’s the Arizona Cardinals. The Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the team’s surprising success.
New York Jets fans are raising billboards and flying planes demanding the firing of the team’s general manager. We take a look back at other times sports fans have used advertising to get their message across.
Despite two fractured bones in his back, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has traveled to London with the hope of playing on Sunday. Bill Littlefield does not share Romo’s, or the NFL’s, optimistic outlook.
For college football stars, it’s the NFL or bust. Unlike this country’s other major sports, the NFL does not have a developmental league. But there’s a movement to change all that. From a recent Fall Experimental Football League game in Boston, Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.
With star wide receiver Calvin Johnson on board, the Detroit Lions were supposed to ride their offense to NFL relevancy. But it’s been the team’s defense that has the Lions positioned to finish with a winning record for just the second time since 2001. Bill speaks with Mlive’s Kyle Meinke.