For the last two winters, the Cleveland Indians have made use of their stadium during the off-season, turning the park into a winter sports complex that’s open to the public. Reporter Karen Schaefer visited the 2012 edition of Snow Days.
Daniel and Ozzie Silna have earned about $255 million in NBA TV revenues in the last 32 years—and they don’t even own a team. The former owners of a defunct ABA team still reap the benefits of a deal made in 1976. Bill Littlefield talked with the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir about the Silnas’ lucrative situation and their recent attempts to increase their earnings.
Public financing of sports stadiums raises questions of the impact on communities surrounding the venues. Patrick Hruby wrote an article for the website Sports on Earth about his ideas of the negative side effects of such monumental spending. He joins Bill to discuss his rationale behind this argument.
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.