When elite college football or basketball teams open their seasons against weaker opponents, money — upwards of $500,000 — changes hands. Chattanooga athletic director David Blackburn joins Bill Littlefield to explain.
Colleges could soon be bidding on football and men’s basketballs recruits; the MLB All-Star Game received record-low ratings; and (some) SEC football coaches shared their thoughts on the Confederate flag. Patrick Hruby and Pat Forde join Bill Littlefield for this edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”
The NCAA has been ordered to pay $46 million in fees in the Ed O’Bannon class-action lawsuit. Twenty people, including O’Bannon, sued the NCAA, claiming the organization violated U.S. antitrust laws. Bill Littlefield is among those applauding the decision.
In June of 2014, Brandon Finnegan was pitching in the College World Series. Four months later, he made history by pitching in the MLB World Series. Reporter Greg Echlin got the story from Finnegan and his coaches.
Should NHL players shave their beards because people don’t want to see all that facial hair? How can the colleges and universities help their athletes get an actual education? And why does Sportscenter only devote 2% of its hour-long program to women’s sports? That’s this week’s “3 Stories You Should Know.”
Team IMPACT pairs college sports teams and children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses. Only A Game’s Karen Given talks with teams and athletes benefiting from this program.
This weekend, eight teams are vying for the collegiate national championship in sand volleyball. The American Volleyball Coaches Association is hosting the tournament, but the NCAA will take over the event next year and further raise the profile of the budding sport. From Boise, Idaho, Scott Graf reports.
Just 10 percent of athletic directors in Div. I are female, but there have been recent additions at prominent colleges. Is there a bigger change coming? Bill Littlefield speaks with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Frank Fitzpatrick and Princeton Athletic Director Mollie Marcoux.
A new report finds the number of black coaches in men’s college basketball has dropped three percentage points in the last decade. Merritt Norvell, the executive director of the National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, joins Bill Littlefield to explain what his group is doing to reverse that trend.
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.