NFL Season Preview

With John Harwood in for Tom Ashbrook.

The NFL pre-season kicks off. We talk football with two women who know more about the game than most men.

The Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins line up in the fourth quarter at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition football game Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)

The Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins line up in the fourth quarter at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition football game Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)

It’s time for another season of America’s most popular sport. And there are plenty of  National Football League story lines: Tim Tebow in New England, RG3 back from knee surgery, Peyton Manning trying to take the Broncos all the way.

But even football fans find it hard to ignore the toll the game has taken on those who play – brain damage, and crippling  injuries. We’ll talk to two of the game’s top experts – women who know more than most men – about the upcoming season, and the game’s existential crisis.

This hour, On Point: the race for the Super Bowl and football’s future.


Andrea Kremer, chief correspondent for Player Health and Safety Issues for the NFL Network and correspondent on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” For five seasons she was sideline and feature reporter for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. (@Andrea_Kremer)

Amy Trask, former CEO of the Oakland Raiders. She resigned in May of this year.

From the Reading List:

Yahoo!: Concussions Pose a Real Threat to the NFL’s Future: An Interview with Andrea Kremer — “Player concussions have been a hot topic in the NFL over the past several years. In fact, the issue was a primary reason for the NFL Network’s pursuit of Andrea Kremer, who joined the network in October 2012 as the Chief Correspondent for Player Health and Safety Issues.”

Charlotte Observer: NFL teams score big on getting public money for stadiums — “As the Carolina Panthers scramble for public money to upgrade their stadium, other NFL teams are getting significant help from state and local governments.”

Los Angeles Times: Recall bid against Pasadena official who backed possible NFL games fails — “The effort to recall a Pasadena councilman who supported the possibility of having professional football at the Rose Bowl has failed. Residents opposed to having a National Football League team use the city-owned stadium pulled papers in January to recall Councilman Steve Madison but failed to submit the recall election petition by a Monday evening deadline, Pasadena City Clerk Mark Jomsky said.”


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