Until the advent of the Open Era in 1968, professional tennis players were excluded from the sport’s top tournaments. So instead of competing at Wimbledon or the US Open, tennis pros toured the world, often playing in unusual — and unfavorable — conditions. Tennis Hall of Famer Rod Laver joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his experiences.
No one is surprised that women get paid less than men in sports. The same is true in nearly every other profession. What’s surprising is that female athletes routinely get paid less than they should, even after accounting for revenue, profits and popularity. Bill Littlefield explores the story.
Did we just witness the five most exciting seconds in March Madness history? Did you know men and women play with different tennis balls? And is baseball too white?
Has the world gotten any safer for female sportscasters? Should we pay attention to political endorsements made by sports stars? And who should decide whether athletes can take prescription drugs for medical conditions? Sports on Earth’s Will Leitch and NFL Network and HBO’s Andrea Kremer join Bill Littlefield for this week’s roundtable.
Peyton Manning is not the first, and won’t be the last, athlete to retire in memorable fashion. Here’s a look back at some other notable moments.
Bud Collins, tennis commentator and longtime friend of Only A Game, died this week. Bill Littlefield offers a remembrance.
Is it time to jump on the Arizona Cardinals bandwagon? Should sports betting be legalized? And do we really need another social media feature? Sports On Earth’s Will Leitch join Only A Game’s Karen Given and Bill Littlefield for this week’s roundtable.
BuzzFeed and the BBC made waves this week with their joint report on alleged match-fixing in international tennis. Bill Littlefield explores the controversy and tries to figure out if “the fix” is in.
After the decision to uphold Pete Rose’s lifetime ban from the baseball, do fans finally have closure? Should a horse have been Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year? And is it too early to say that newly-retired Abby Wambach is one of soccer’s greatest athletes ever?
Which athlete, team or horse had the definitive performance of the year? Bill Littlefield picks out his frontrunners for who is most deserving of Sports Illustrated’s annual honor.