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Bill Madden after receiving the J.G. Spink Award for baseball writers during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 25, 2010. Madden was one of the sports staffers cut in a recent round of layoffs at the New York Daily News. Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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Too Many Sports Columnists Being Cut From The Team

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The public share to pay for construction of a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium is reportedly $498 million. Jim Mone/AP hide caption

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Spending Public Money On Sports Stadiums Is Bad Business

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Playing Youth Sports Takes A Lot More Green Than It Used To

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How Likely Is It, Really, That Your Athletic Kid Will Turn Pro?

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Kicker Chandler Catanzaro of the Arizona Cardinals kicks an extra point against the Kansas City Chiefs during a pre-season NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Aug. 15 in Glendale, Ariz. Christian Petersen/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Is There An Extra Point In Football, And Do We Need It?

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket Ceremony in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday. The NFL Players Union has sued to get a judge to void Goodell's four-game suspension of Tom Brady in the "deflategate" scandal. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Deford: When 'Deflategate' Dust Settles, Put Goodell Out To Pasture

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted last September that he "got it wrong" when it came to handling the recent Ray Rice incident, pledging that he will get it right. Dennis Van Tine /UPI/Landov hide caption

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NFL's Effort To Combat Domestic Violence May Go For The Long Game

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Actor Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Southpaw, a new movie about a junior middleweight boxing champion who faces adversity. Scott Garfield/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Deford To Hollywood: Ban Boxing Movies

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Women Want To Stay In The Game, But Life Intervenes

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Germany's Alexandra Popp and the U.S.'s Morgan Brian collide during a World Cup semifinal in June. Both were injured, but continued to play. Brad Smith//ISI/Corbis hide caption

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Reporters and Major League Baseball employees watch a demonstration of new statistics made possible by technology upgrades at baseball stadiums during an April 20 news conference in New York. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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What Have The Numbers Done To America's Pastime?

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Ten-year-old Jake Herrera and his Los Angeles team run around the diamond as a warmup for baseball practice. Benjamin B. Morris for NPR hide caption

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Benefits Of Sports To A Child's Mind And Heart All Part Of The Game

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