Marvin Miller, former leader of the MLBPA, died this week. Bill reflects on Miller’s passion and patience in reworking the business of baseball and speaks with ‘Sports Illustrated’s’ Michael Rosenberg about how Miller’s legacy should, but probably won’t, impact college sports.
With the NHL lockout showing few signs of ending, players are seeking ice time in Russia, Sweden, and elsewhere. Montreal Canadien center Scott Gomez is playing for a team in his hometown, Anchorage, Ala. and joins Bill to discuss how players are dealing with the lockout.
This weekend, millions fantasy football team owners make last-minute roster changes. At least they hope they will. Yahoo!’s fantasy football service is coming off a disappointing week. The provider’s system lapsed creating fantasy nightmares for many users. Scott Graf, the commissioner of one of the affected leagues, brings us a recap.
This week, the Miami Marlins traded five top wage-earners to the Toronto Blue Jays. Sports fans, writers, and south Floridians erupted in disgust at owner Jeffrey Loria’s decision, made just one year after the opening of a new ballpark. Sun-Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde speaks with Bill about the backlash.
The Chicago Cubs have notified season ticket holders they are reducing ticket prices for the 2013 season. Jonathan Eig, author and contributing editor for the Wall Street Journal, is one of those ticket holders. He will save a total of 60 cents next year. Eig talked with Bill Littlefield about how a bad team can be so good at keeping prices high.
Sporting Kansas City advanced in the MLS playoffs after defeating the Houston Dynamo. Closer to home, the team is under scrutiny for the naming rights to its home field, the Livestrong Sporting Park. OAG’s Greg Echlin reports from Kansas City.
When the Winnipeg Jets returned to the city last season, local businesses saw substantial growth. This season’s lockout is hitting restaurants and bars near the Jets’ arena hard. Bill Littlefield speaks with Tony Siwicki, whose family operates the Silver Heights Restaurant in Winnipeg.
The NHL and the Players’ Association have been meeting again, so perhaps there will be some semblance of a pro hockey season after all. Bill Littlefield finds himself wondering if fans will be too disgruntled to recommit to the sport.
While the NHL lockout drags on, minor league hockey players are having a typical season, minus one thing: the possibility of being called up. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou spoke with one player whose hopes of adding to his family’s hockey history are temporarily on hold.
The NHL lockout has prevented sanctioned practices and canceled games through November. Only A Game’s Daniel Potter reports from Tennessee on how members of the Nashville Predators are staying in shape.