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In Depth
December 20th, 2014

Andrew Luck Redefines NFL ‘Trash’ Talking

When Colts quarterback Andrew Luck takes a big hit, he makes sure his opponents hear about it — but not in the way you’d expect. Bill Littlefield speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Clark, who wrote a story about Luck’s unique on-field demeanor.

In The News
December 17th, 2014

49ers Release McDonald After News Of Rape Investigation

The San Francisco 49ers have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald after learning that he’s the subject of a rape investigation. McDonald was arrested in August as part of an unrelated domestic violence case.

Interview
November 29th, 2014

Sorry, NFL Fans — A Tweeting Robot Is Probably Smarter Than Your Team’s Coach

You’re an NFL coach, it’s fourth down and your team just needs to pick up a couple yards. Should you punt or go for it? The New York Times has turned to a robot for the answer. David Leonhardt from the Times explains.

In The News
November 29th, 2014

Ray Rice Reinstated, Free To Return To The NFL

Ray Rice, whom NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended indefinitely after a video showing Rice knocking out his wife became public, has been reinstated following appeal. Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joins Bill Littlefield to explain what the decision means for Rice and for Goodell.

In The News
November 22nd, 2014

DEA Inspections Point To NFL’s Prescription Drug Suit

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.

In The News
November 22nd, 2014

New York Times Investigation Spotlights Cover-Up Culture In NFL

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.

Interview
November 15th, 2014

After 0-9 Start, Raiders Flirting With Infamy

“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.

In Depth
November 15th, 2014

Rice, Peterson Await NFL Reinstatement Rulings

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.

Commentary
November 8th, 2014

Futures of Peterson, Rice And Goodell Uncertain

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.

In The News
November 8th, 2014

Arizona Cardinals Off To Surprising Start

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.

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