Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses the NFL’s concussion protocol, activism in college sports and NHL goal scoring. Charlie also shares some candidates — including Ronda Rousey, Lionel Messi and American Pharoah — for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.
Former San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland was only 24 years old when he announced he was leaving the game. Only A Game’s Karen Given sat down with Borland to talk about how much his life has changed since he became a voice for those who feel that playing football isn’t worth the long-term risks of multiple concussions.
This week, Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses paid patriotism in professional sports, a baseball stadium that’s been converted into a nine-hole golf course and a sports broadcaster who fell asleep — on air — during a Champions League soccer match.
Is taking a scholarship away from a student-athlete an appropriate form of punishment? Is it possible to appreciate a player who might not be able to appreciate you? And is it acceptable that professional teams are getting taxpayer dollars from the Pentagon? Bill Littlefield is joined by Patrick Hruby and Kate Fagan.
The world of daily fantasy sports may face significant changes as state and federal entities further investigate FanDuel and DraftKings. Even bigger changes to the landscape, however, may result if state lotteries start producing their own versions of the games. Bill Littlefield isn’t convinced that’s a great idea.
The MLS is offering its most exciting games of the year, but those games just can’t compete with the World Series, the start of the NBA season and the ever-popular NFL. Bill Littlefield laments soccer’s predicament in the U.S. and celebrates it at the same time.
Athletes are often asked to comment on matters outside their area of expertise. Sports broadcasters sometimes do that without even being asked. Bill Littlefield takes issue with one of them.
Have the Kansas City Royals lost their charm? Why is the NFL so intent on policing its players’ uniforms and websites that post silly cat videos? And will sports fans still be gambling on FanDuel and DraftKings come 2016? Will Leitch and Nancy Armour join Bill Littlefield.
During the month of October, the NFL sells millions of dollars in “Pink” merchandise to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But recent attempts by NFL players to spread awareness in their own ways have been halted by the league.
The NFL’s extra point rule change is having the intended effect: the PAT is more challenging and kickers are missing. Does this mean that more teams are going to opt for the two-point conversion?