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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Access to televised sporting events is at an all-time high. But so are cable and satellite prices. Reporter Scott Graf takes a closer look at the role sports plays in rising cable and satellite costs.
Even before NFL free agency officially began last Tuesday, a number of high-profile deals had already been reached. Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier joins Bill Littlefield to explain what happened.
Should players be able to jump directly from high school to the NBA? It’s been 10 years since that was allowed and the issue will be a key part of the NBA’s next contract negotiation, which could begin in 2017. Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University and former chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, weighs in.
Long before Twitter, sports fans had Sports Phone. The service began in the mid-1970s and gave fans — and gamblers — the latest scores over the phone. Grantland’s Joe DeLessio joined Bill Littlefield for a look back (and you can hear what a Sports Phone update sounded like).
Would the appointment of a sports minister improve the athletic landscape in the United States? Former Olympian Edwin Moses, who is now the chairman for the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation, doesn’t think so. He joins Bill Littlefield to explain why he thinks sports should stay in the private sector.