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).
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Fake movie trailers and Twitter’s direct messages are just two of the social media tools some college football programs are using to attract recruits. Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples joins OAG guest host Karen Given and also explains why Facebook’s a no-no when trying to land top high school players.
The cost of hosting events like the Olympics and FIFA World Cup is higher than most proponents care to admit. Economist Andrew Zimbalist explains the cost in his book ‘Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup.’ He speaks with Bill Littlefield.
After 35 years, the PGA’s Champions Tour is still extending older golfers’ careers. And this week, the tour announced a major business deal. OAG’s Doug Tribou talks with golf great Hale Irwin and others about the history and future of the tour.
Major League Baseball has been exempt from antitrust laws for 92 years. Nathaniel Grow, a legal studies professor who has written a book about the exemption, joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the first antitrust suit brought against MLB.
College football teams are worth a lot of money. As Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal tells Bill Littlefield, many are valued higher than professional franchises.