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In The News
March 14th, 2015

NFL Free Agency Begins Before It Begins

Even before NFL free agency officially began last Tuesday, a number of high-profile deals had already been reached. Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier joins Bill Littlefield to explain what happened.

In Depth
March 7th, 2015

One-And-Done: Making A ‘Mockery’ Of College Education?

Should players be able to jump directly from high school to the NBA? It’s been 10 years since that was allowed and the issue will be a key part of the NBA’s next contract negotiation, which could begin in 2017. Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University and former chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, weighs in.

In-Depth
February 28th, 2015

Remembering ‘Sports Phone,’ The Go-To Service For Sports Fans, Gamblers

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).

Interview
February 28th, 2015

Former Olympian Edwin Moses: American Sports Don’t Need Saving

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.

Featured Book
February 28th, 2015

Ralph Nader And A Plan To ‘Save Sports’

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.”

Interview
February 28th, 2015

Stars Drive MLS Popularity, But Is That The Right Strategy?

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.

Interview
February 28th, 2015

Life On Major League Soccer’s Minimum Salary

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.

Feature
February 21st, 2015

NCAA Football Programs Use Social Media Blitz To Recruit

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.

Featured Book
February 7th, 2015

‘Circus Maximus’ Tallies The Real Cost Of Hosting The Olympics

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.

In Depth
January 24th, 2015

PGA Champions Tour, Golf’s Senior Circuit, Turns 35

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.

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