In elite college football programs, the financial stakes are often higher than the stakes on the field. In their new book ‘The System,’ Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian go behind the scenes to find out how money influences the sport. The authors join Bill Littlefield.
Cricket holds a special place in India’s social and popular culture. James Astill, author of ‘The Great Tamasha,’ joins Bill Littlefield to detail the evolution of the sport in India.
College sports have become a stepping stone to a professional career. Author John U. Bacon joins Bill Littlefield to explain what there is to lose with the increased commercialization and professionalization of NCAA football.
In ‘Rising Tide’ Randy Roberts and Ed Krzemienski detail Joe Namath’s lows and highs – from a suspension to a stunning Orange Bowl victory – while playing for Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama. The authors join Karen Given.
In his new book ‘The Sports Gene,’ David Epstein investigates the role genetics plays in forming elite athletes. His research took him all over the world and he shares some of his discoveries with Doug Tribou.
Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. But, integrated baseball didn’t come to Birmingham, Alabama for another 17 seasons. Author Larry Colton joins Bill Littlefield to chat about those events and his new book, “Southern League.”
Robert Griffin III has played just one season for the Washington Redskins but that didn’t stop Dave Sheinin from penning a book about the NFL’s rising star.
In his new book ‘Class A Baseball In The Middle Of Everywhere,’ Lucas Mann tells story of the Class A LumberKings and their fans in Clinton, Iowa. The author joins Bill Littlefield.
Sportswriter Red Smith spent nearly 50 years writing newspaper sports columns. And he was one of the best at it. Bill talks with Dan Okrent, who edited a new anthology of the legend’s work.
Journeyman horse trainer Tim Snyder’s wife told him on her deathbed that she would come back as a horse. Seven years later, Snyder began training a horse that would go on to win a race at Saratoga. Bill Littlefield speaks with Joe Layden, the author of “The Ghost Horse.”