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February 27th, 2015

This Week’s Show

The 2015 MLS season is scheduled to begin March 6. A labor dispute could derail that. We talk to a player who earned less than $40,000 last year and analyze the league’s star-driven strategy. Also, this week on Only A Game, Ralph Nader thinks sports need saving. He shares his proposals. Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses disagrees. He joins us, too. Plus, we remember the once cutting-edge technology of Sports Phone.

In-Depth
February 28th, 2015

Remembering ‘Sports Phone,’ The Go-To Service For Sports Fans, Gamblers

Long before Twitter, sports fans had Sports Phone. The service began in the mid-1970s and gave fans — and gamblers — the latest scores over the phone. Grantland’s Joe DeLessio joined Bill Littlefield for a look back (and you can hear what a Sports Phone update sounded like).

In Depth
February 28th, 2015

Utah Women’s Gymnastics Team: The Greatest Show On Mats

The University of Utah’s women’s gymnastics team has won 10 national championships. They also average just under 15,000 fans at home meets. The New York Times’ John Branch joins Bill Littlefield.

Charlie Pierce
February 28th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses Adrian Peterson’s possible reinstatement to the NFL, the death of basketball pioneer Earl Lloyd, and a particularly impressive college basketball performance.

Interview
February 28th, 2015

Former Olympian Edwin Moses: American Sports Don’t Need Saving

Would the appointment of a sports minister improve the athletic landscape in the United States? Former Olympian Edwin Moses, who is now the chairman for the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation, doesn’t think so. He joins Bill Littlefield to explain why he thinks sports should stay in the private sector.

Featured Book
February 28th, 2015

Ralph Nader And A Plan To ‘Save Sports’

From the pros down to the pee-wees, author Ken Reed and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader think that U.S. sports need an overhaul. They join us to discuss their proposals and Reed’s new book, “How We Can Save Sports.”

In the News
February 28th, 2015

How Young Is Too Young To Start Recruiting Kids?

NBA star LeBron James is asking colleges to stop making offers to his 10-year-old son. Dr. Dan Gould, director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University, weighs in on recruiting young kids.

In The News
February 28th, 2015

The Dangers Of The ‘Perfect’ Court Storm

Kansas State fans stormed the court after their basketball team upset Kansas on Monday. Bill Littlefield spoke with Sports On Earth’s Will Leitch, who says it’s time for that tradition to end.

Interview
February 28th, 2015

Stars Drive MLS Popularity, But Is That The Right Strategy?

Only a handful of MLS players earn seven-figure salaries, but the league is counting on those stars to increase the game’s popularity in the U.S. Sport management professor Rick Burton joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of that strategy.

Interview
February 28th, 2015

Life On Major League Soccer’s Minimum Salary

As a rookie with the Columbus Crew in 2014, Ross Friedman was paid less than $40,000. One of his teammates earned more than 15 times that. Friedman joins Bill Littlefield to share what it’s like to experience income inequality in Major League Soccer.

Only A Blog
February 25th, 2015
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For Pro Athletes, Injuries Don’t Just Happen On The Field

It’s hard enough for pro athletes to avoid on-the-field injuries. But what happens when real world injuries affect playing time?

Commentary
February 25th, 2015

Nine Years Later, Revisiting Duquesne Men’s Basketball Shooting

On Sept. 17, 2006, five members of the Duquesne University men’s basketball team were shot after leaving a dance on the Duquesne campus in Pittsburgh. A recent shooting provoked Bill Littlefield to revisit those circumstances.

Featured Book
February 21st, 2015
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‘The Monopolists’ Uncovers The Origins Of Monopoly

The popular board game Monopoly has sold over 275 million copies. Author Mary Pilon uncovers the real history of the game in her new book ‘The Monopolists.’ The author joins Karen Given.

In Depth
February 21st, 2015

Afghanistan Reaches Cricket World Cup, Provides ‘Symbol Of Hope’

Afghanistan’s first trip to the Cricket World Cup may be “an early contender for the most remarkable and unlikely sports storyline of 2015,” writes USA Today Sports reporter Martin Rogers. He joins Only A Game’s Karen Given to explain.

Charlie Pierce
February 21st, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joins KG (Karen Given) to discuss KG’s (Kevin Garnett’s) return to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the seemingly contradictory “Deflate-Gate” reports and the NFL’s potential return to Los Angeles.

In Depth
February 21st, 2015

‘Maximalist’ Shoes: The Latest Running Craze?

“Maximalist” shoes are gaining popularity among runners who hope the extra cushioning will reduce injury. Lindsay Crouse wrote about it for The New York Times and she joined Karen Given to discuss the trend.