Women Speak Out on the State of Sports

Feb 25, 2014

Game ball presented to First Lady Betty Ford after a Monday night football game in September of 1975.
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Four women join us to talk about sports, mostly football. Two of them are sports journalists. A third is a journalist specializing in legal issues, and a fourth is a scientist and engineer.

It's a terrible time right now in football. Stories about the NFL suppression of scientific evidence related to concussions were driven out by an especially putrid form of bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room, which were driven out by the story of a former NFL defensive back now under investigation for drugging and raping seven women in four states, which was driven out by videos of a running back dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator after allegedly punching her in a casino.

When journalists, especially women journalists, try to write about this, they're often bullied by fans and blogs. Can this sport, and normal people, share the planet together?

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