Saturday, August 31, 2013

August 31st, 2013

Analyzing The NFL’s $765-Million Settlement

The NFL settled its lawsuit with more than 4,500 former players for $765 million on Thursday. To analyze the pros and cons of the deal, Bill Littlefield spoke with Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann.

August 31st, 2013

Bubby Brister: 20 Concussions, Zero Regrets

Former NFL quarterback Walter “Bubby” Brister shares his thoughts on the NFL’s recent $765 million settlement with more than 4,500 former players. Brister, one of the plaintiffs, estimates he suffered more than 20 concussions during his career, but he tells Bill Littlefield he has no regrets.

August 31st, 2013

Sports And The Media: A Conflicted Relationship

ESPN has come under fire for backing out of its partnership with Frontline to produce a documentary about concussions in the NFL. But ESPN is hardly the only media outlet to face criticism for its relationship with pro sports leagues and teams. Only A Game’s Karen Given has more.

August 31st, 2013

U.S. Tennis Struggles To Find New Talent

Americans have been falling behind their European counterparts on the tennis court. Is the USTA to blame? Tom Perrotta looks at the organization’s recent efforts to reform American tennis.

August 31st, 2013

New Allegations That ‘The Battle Of The Sexes’ Was Rigged

It’s been 40 years since Billie Jean King topped Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes, but recent testimony from a Florida man has thrust the contest back into the national spotlight. ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. joins Bill Littlefield to explain how a group of mobsters could have influenced the match.

August 31st, 2013

‘Glickman’: A Life Spent Battling Discrimination

Marty Glickman will be remembered as one of the all-time great broadcasters. But before he began calling NFL and NBA games, Glickman was a world-class runner. In his new documentary “Glickman,” James Freedman tells the story of Glickman’s life and his battle against anti-Semitism.

August 31st, 2013

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

The NFL and its former players settle for $765 million; the NCAA throws the pamphlet at Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel; and the Boston Marathon expands its field. Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce weighs in on all that and more.

August 31st, 2013

Saratoga Celebrates 150 Years

Race tracks across the country may be shutting down, but Saratoga Race Course in New York is still flourishing. On the track’s 150th anniversary, Bill takes in the scene at America’s oldest sporting facility.

August 31st, 2013

Nine-Man Volleyball: A Chinese-American Tradition

This weekend, Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. will be home to the 69th annual North America Chinese Invitation Volleyball Tournament. It’s the Super Bowl of a variation on volleyball called “nine-man”. One of those teams is the New York Strangers. Only A Game reporter Christine Laskowski checked out the team’s training for the big event.

August 31st, 2013

Music On Only A Game

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik bemoans the relative paucity of good music on this week’s show.

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