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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.

In Depth
January 17th, 2015

MLB’s Antitrust Status Remains After Almost A Century

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.

In Depth
January 17th, 2015

The Ohio State Buckeyes: The $1 Billion Team?

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.

In Depth
January 10th, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Are For Sale And Flying High

The Atlanta Hawks are No. 1 in the NBA’s Eastern Conference — and up for sale. TNT analyst David Aldridge joins us to discuss the Hawks’ success on the floor and their future off of it.

In Depth
January 3rd, 2015

Inside The ‘Fanatics’ Warehouse: Sports Merchandise On The Move

Why are workers at the Fanatics warehouse in Ohio — the country’s hub for sports gear — told to wear belts? Because they walk so much during “picking season” that they lose weight. Grantland’s Bryan Curtis visited the warehouse and joins Bill Littlefield to share what he learned.

In Depth
January 3rd, 2015

As Challenges Mount, NCAA Hires Oliver Luck As New No. 2

At the most challenging time in its history, the NCAA created a new position — second only to President Mark Emmert. Former West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck — father of NFL quarterback Andrew Luck — accepted the job. Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star joins us to explain what the move means for the NCAA.

Featured Book
December 20th, 2014

Golf: China’s ‘Forbidden Game’

In 2004, Beijing issued a ban on the construction of golf courses in China. But since the moratorium went into effect, no other country has built more golf courses. Author Dan Washburn joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book “The Forbidden Game.”

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