Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce was in the courtroom this week as the NCAA defended its amateurism rules. Bill and Charlie discuss the Ed O’Bannon trial and the rest of the week’s sports news.
The NCAA has long held the legal right to use student-athletes’ likenesses for profit. But today, some athletes are fighting to be compensated for their work inside and outside of sports. Harvest Public Media’s Jeremy Bernfeld reports from Kansas.
After UConn’s Shabazz Napier complained he sometimes went to bed starving, the NCAA’s legislative council approved a plan to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all student-athletes. SI’s Andy Staples joins Bill Littlefield to weigh in on the situation.
Union College has just over 2,000 students, but last weekend the school’s hockey team beat powerhouse Minnesota to win the national championship. Union head coach Rick Bennett joins Bill Littlefield to explain how his team did it.
Cat mugs may be cute, but that’s not an excuse for the NCAA. Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal decided to disregard NCAA policy while reporting on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and had his kitty cup confiscated. He joined Bill to discuss this catastrophe.
Dr. Evelyn Dean-Olmsted, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras reflects on the game that helped her to realize that she loved basketball.
We’ve talked a lot about NBA teams tanking to increase their chances of snagging one of the phenomenal freshmen in the NCAA. Yahoo!’s Pat Forde joins Bill Littlefield to discuss this year’s top freshman players.
Between the men and the women, there are seven — count ‘em, seven — postseason tournaments in Division I basketball. Only A Game’s Gary Waleik wonders if it’s too much of a good thing.
Dawn Staley won three Olympic gold medals and was once named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA’s Final Four. But she’s never won a national championship. She’s going for her first title this year as coach of South Carolina. Staley speaks with Only A Game’s Karen Given.
Larry Brown has won a championship in the NBA and the NCAA. Now his SMU Mustangs are in the NIT. The Hall of Famer joins Bill Littlefield.