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May 30th, 2015

Commentary: The Real Reason Pro Athletes Draw Huge Salaries

Star athletes are paid millions of dollars a year. The average fan earns far less. So why are fans in Seattle willing to pony up their own money to keep Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in town? Bill Littlefield says the answer can’t be found in an Economics 101 textbook.

In Their Own Words
May 23rd, 2015

Can A Love Of Horse Racing And A Love Of Animals Co-Exist?

With American Pharoah preparing to race for the Triple Crown on June 6 in the Belmont Stakes, we asked turf writer Teresa Genaro to tell us about how she balances her love of horse racing — a sport where the stars are sometimes mistreated — with her love of animals.

In Depth
May 16th, 2015

Teams Honoring The Military: Feel Good Moment … For Sale?

After reports that 14 NFL teams received money from the Department of Defense and National Guard for staging on-field tributes to soldiers and veterans, the U.S. House condemned “paid-for patriotism.” Michael Cygan is a veteran who was honored at a sporting event, and he joins Bill Littlefield to weigh in.

In The News
May 2nd, 2015

Why A $1 Billion Weekend Won’t Save Boxing

This weekend’s boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao has been one of the most-hyped fights in years. But can one weekend of mainstream interest save the sport? Bill Littlefield speaks with The New York Times’ Joe Drape.

April 25th, 2015

Meet Joe Linta, An NFL Agent In Search Of Overlooked Prospects

NFL agent Joe Linta is known for negotiating what was once the biggest contract in NFL history. He’s also known as the “chief advocate for the NFL draft’s marginalia.” Sports Illustrated’s Emily Kaplan recently profiled the agent and she joins Bill Littlefield.

In The News
April 18th, 2015

Hecklers Welcome At Big 12 Tennis Matches

With the number of college tennis programs and scholarships dropping, the Big 12 Conference is trying to drum up interest in the sport by allowing fans to yell and cheer during play. The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Perrotta witnessed a noisy match between Baylor and Oklahoma and joins Bill Littlefield to share what he learned — and heard.

In Depth
April 11th, 2015

Indianapolis: How Sports Transformed A City

A half-century ago, Indianapolis was known as “India-no-place” or “Naptown.” But in the late 1970s, the city decided to become a sports hub. Marc Tracy of the New York Times tells Bill Littlefield that Indy is currently reaping the rewards of that development strategy.

April 11th, 2015

No Tanking Here: NBA Exec Relies On ‘Magical’ Ping Pong Balls

“What a way to make a living,” Orlando Magic Senior Vice President Pat Williams says of the NBA draft lottery, which can place the fate of a franchise on a couple of ping pong balls.

April 4th, 2015

Will The NFL, Finally, Return To Los Angeles?

With the St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers exploring a move to the Los Angeles area, pro football fever is building again in L.A. Reporter Saul Gonzalez talks to fans from the different sides.

In Depth
March 14th, 2015

De$ignated Hitter: Why The National League Will Soon Cash In

The DH will come to MLB’s National League soon, Jesse Spector of the Sporting News argues. Why? It makes financial sense for the players and the owners. Spector joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

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