Tennis great Billie Jean King and ice hockey medalist Caitlin Cahow will be going to the games. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will not be. LGBT advocates say the White House has made clear its displeasure with Russian policies toward gays and others.
How is the U.S. viewed by the international community? It's complicated.
The talent agency William Morris Endeavor made a deal to buy rival agency IMG Worldwide for a cool $2.4 billion. William Morris is best known for representing famous actors and IMG, the company its buying, is known for representing famous athletes.
“There’s increasing interest on the part of these agencies to represent sports clientele rather than acting clientele,” says Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. He says the DVR has made it easy to skip over ads in television shows and that’s given an edge to game night.
“People want to watch their sports live, so a lot of advertisers have been migrating to sports rather than doing the traditional television shows.”
That extra ad money has trickled down to athlete’s salaries and corporate sponsorship, Zimbalist says. At the same time, the Hollywood star-scape has changed.
“They come and go much quicker than they ever did in the past,” says Porter Bibb, a managing partner at Media Tech Capital Partners in New York. “Therefore, their monetization potential is a lot less certain.”
Bibb says there’s also less distinction between stars of one kind and another. He predicts football’s Tim Tebow will make more money as a celebrity off the field than he ever did on.
Reports show former Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel, who took his own life last year, suffered from a degenerative brain disease. Injuries like that are usually associated with the hard knocks of football. Host Michel Martin talks with sports writer Pablo Torre about the prevalence of brain injuries in other sports.
New research raises concerns about low graduations rates for black college football players. Host Michel Martin finds out more from education reporter Emily Richmond, and professor Shaun Harper of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.
The Obama administration has chosen a new head of the glitch-plagued healthcare.gov website. Kurt DelBene is a former Microsoft executive who used to run the company's Microsoft Office division. So for some DelBene's appointment represents the kind of recruitment from the private sector that should have happened a long time ago.
But others argue Microsoft isn't the healthiest tech company at the moment.
"You can make an easy joke that Microsoft Office is an expensive and bloated product, which is kind of the problem with healthcare.gov," says Adrianne Jeffries at The Verge.
But, Jeffries says DelBene will bring an important outside perspective. And as the replacement for Jeff Zients, who came most recently from the Office of Management and Budget, DelBene bring something very important -- that wasn't there before.
"There were 55 contractors involved," Jeffries says. "There were a bunch of different government agencies, and a bunch of people at those government agencies that were sort of responsible for bits and pieces, but nobody was really standing up and taking responsibility for the whole thing."
In 1963, a gang robbed the Glasgow-to-London Royal Mail Train. They got away with millions, but were caught and put in prison. Biggs, though, escaped and spent 36 years living openly in Brazil. The self-styled "lovable rogue" returned to the U.K. in 2001 and spent 8 more years in prison. He was 84.