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March 12th, 2014

MLS Starts Season Without Seasoned Officials

MLS has locked out its referees, who have formed a new union, over a contract dispute. Bill Littlefield looks at the situation and compares it to recent labor issues in other sports leagues.

Feature
March 1st, 2014
By Scott Graf

Baseball Card Industry: 25 Years Of Upper Deck

25 years ago, a California company named Upper Deck exploded onto collectible sports card scene. What followed was a surge in the popularity of baseball cards that hasn’t been matched since. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Graf shares the birth of Upper Deck and how it changed the sports card industry.

Feature
February 22nd, 2014
By Nina Keck

Ski Resorts Struggle To Balance Popularity And Risks Of ‘Skinning’

More and more skiers are skipping the chairlift by putting skins on their skis and climbing up. “Skinning” is generating uphill traffic on downhill slopes, and creating new safety concerns for resorts. Vermont Public Radio’s Nina Keck reports.

Feature
February 15th, 2014
By Jessica Golloher

Sochi’s Empty Venues: Good Seats Still Available

One of the most prominent features of the Winter Olympics in Sochi has been the largely empty arenas. Jessica Golloher explains why so many seats remain unfilled in Russia’s first Olympic Games.

In Depth
January 25th, 2014

Fans Hedge Super Bowl Ticket Hopes On Team’s Success

At the start of the NFL season, would you have paid $50 to guarantee yourself a face-value Super Bowl ticket … but only if your favorite team made it? Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports on a ticket sales system that banks on hope.

Feature
January 18th, 2014

Cubs’ Offseason Surprise: Clark The Mascot

The Chicago Cubs’ last playoff appearance was in 2008. Their last World Series title happened in 1908. Desperate times call for desperate measures. And on Monday, the Cubs unveiled an unexpected offseason acquisition. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports.

Feature
December 28th, 2013

Flexible Flyer: A Sledding Tradition Continues

Flexible Flyer went downhill – in the business sense – for a time, but today the legendary sled brand is thriving in the hands of a family that spent generations competing against it. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports.

Interview
December 14th, 2013

College Bowl Gifts: Hair Dryers, Recliners, PlayStation 4s

The debate over paying college football players is far from settled, but NCAA rules allow hosts of college bowl games to provide players with gifts. This year some athletes will receive PlayStation 4s, high-tech recliners, and hair dryers. David Broughton of Sports Business Journal joins us.

In The News
December 7th, 2013
By Phil Latzman

Beckham, LeBron Consider Teaming Up For MLS Franchise

What happens when you combine David Beckham’s soccer expertise and LeBron James’s knowledge of the Miami market? Only A Game’s Phil Latzman reports on the superstars’ possible collaboration to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Miami.

In the news
November 16th, 2013

Clippers Gain On Lakers As L.A.’s Hot Ticket

Although the Clippers and the Lakers share the same home court, fans will play more this season to see the Clippers host the Lakers than the Lakers host the Clippers. Jesse Lawrence, founder and CEO of Tiqiq, joins Bill to discuss the changing NBA ticket market.

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