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February 28th, 2015

Remembering ‘Sports Phone,’ The Go-To Service For Sports Fans, Gamblers

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).

February 28th, 2015

Former Olympian Edwin Moses: American Sports Don’t Need Saving

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.

February 28th, 2015

Ralph Nader And A Plan To ‘Save Sports’

From the pros down to the pee-wees, author Ken Reed and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader think that U.S. sports need an overhaul. They join us to discuss their proposals and Reed’s new book, “How We Can Save Sports.”

February 28th, 2015

Stars Drive MLS Popularity, But Is That The Right Strategy?

Only a handful of MLS players earn seven-figure salaries, but the league is counting on those stars to increase the game’s popularity in the U.S. Sport management professor Rick Burton joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of that strategy.

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.

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.

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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.

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