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The Super Bowl is this Sunday. We talk about some of the weird stories bubbling up around it, including Marshawn Lynch’s media blackout and “deflate gate.” Then, concussions in the NFL are on the decline, but how much safer is the game really getting? After that, we take a look at a mini-scandal over the LAPD’s involvement in shuttling an ex-Mexican Mafia member to give a talk to a downtown business group. In our weekly film segment, it’s a Sundance Film Festival extravaganza. And finally, the tale of a ridesharing startup that did the opposite of Uber -- they followed all the rules -- and failed.

General view of the Vince Lombardi Trophy and helmets for the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots during a press conference for Super Bowl XLIX at Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Deflated Balls and the Super Bowl 10 MIN, 43 SEC
In our weekly sports news roundup, Randy Sklar talks to Madeleine about this Sunday’s Super Bowl and some of the weird stories bubbling up around the teams in it. Namely, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s media blackout and the New England Patriots’ “deflate gate.” Plus, how much money is expected to be gambled on this weekend’s game?

Guests:
Randy Sklar, comedian and sports commentator (@SklarBrothers)

NFL Concussions 7 MIN, 18 SEC

The number of concussions in the NFL is on the decline, but there were still 123 in the 2014 season. That could be part of the reason the League is hiring a Chief Medical Officer. And while fans still watch football in droves, fewer and fewer parents say they’re comfortable sending their kids out on the field. So are the NFL’s new policies helping to make the game safer?

Guests:
Jason Breslow, Concussion Watch (@jbrezlow)

LAPD’s Live Event with ex-Mexican Mafia Member 7 MIN

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck has apologized for a strange event this week that his department helped organize. Imprisoned ex-Mexican Mafia leader Rene “Boxer” Enriquez gave a lecture to a business group called the Young President’s Organization. The police provided Enriquez, who’s serving a life sentence in prison for murder, with an escort to a secure downtown location, shutting down streets along the way. Was it a misuse of LAPD resources, as some are now claiming?

Guests:
Gene Maddaus, Variety (@GeneMaddaus)

Film Roundup, Sundance Edition 14 MIN, 7 SEC

The Sundance Film Festival wraps up this weekend in Utah, and while not all of the films have distributors yet, they’re already generating buzz. This week in our regular film roundup, we talk about the highlights of the festival, and which ones might be coming soon to a theater near you.

Guests:
Claudia Puig, USA Today (@claudiapuig)
Tim Grierson, Film Critic (@TimGrierson)

The Start-Up That Followed the Rules (and Failed) 7 MIN, 1 SEC

Uber has almost single-handedly turned the taxi industry upside down. And that success has been attributed, at least in part, to breaking the rules. Uber has been banned or sued in multiple cities and countries for flouting local insurance laws and transportation regulation. But with a valuation of more than $40 billion, Uber has plenty of money to hire lobbyists, lawyers and PR firms to fight its legal battles. So, what if you wanted to start a ride-sharing service but didn’t have Uber money? What if you tried to follow all the rules and regulations from the beginning instead of muscling your way onto the scene? We hear about two Bay Area entrepreneurs tried to do just that and failed miserably.

Guests:
Susie Cagle, journalist and illustrator (@susie_c)

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