Amy Goodman

Seahawks' Super Bowl Screw-Up Wasn't NFL Season's Only Fumble

2015-02-02T01:50:47-08:00

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The NFL's tumultuous 2014-15 season ended Sunday with the New England Patriots' dramatic Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The game, which is expected to break U.S. television records, capped a year that saw growing scrutiny of the NFL, most notably its poor handling of domestic violence cases.

More than half of the players accused of domestic violence during commissioner Roger Goodell's tenure have gone without league punishment. The NFL is also under fire for its handling of player safety, predominantly concussions. While fans still turn out in record numbers, four in 10 parents now say they would think twice about letting their own child play football.

Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine and host of "Edge of Sports Radio" on SiriusXM, discusses these NFL controversies and the Super Bowl's closing moments, when the Seahawks chose not to give the ball to against-the-grain star running back Marshawn Lynch and opted for a risky play that ultimately cost them the game.



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