This week, Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses paid patriotism in professional sports, a baseball stadium that’s been converted into a nine-hole golf course and a sports broadcaster who fell asleep — on air — during a Champions League soccer match.
The MLS is offering its most exciting games of the year, but those games just can’t compete with the World Series, the start of the NBA season and the ever-popular NFL. Bill Littlefield laments soccer’s predicament in the U.S. and celebrates it at the same time.
Golden State Warriors fans are happy now, but how will they feel when the team moves to San Francisco in three years? Also, what will it take to get suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter to stop making things worse? And how does technology help and hurt the game of baseball? Erik Malinowski and Shira Springer join Bill Littlefield.
The newest edition in the popular FIFA video game franchise is out, and there’s a notable upgrade: users can now compete as women.
Millions around the world saw the video of a Syrian refugee who was tripped by a journalist. But since it was revealed that Osama Abdul Mohsen is also a professional soccer coach, his story has taken some unexpected turns. Ian Mount reports.
Landon Donovan scored seven goals in his first game…at age 5. He went on to score many more for the U.S. before he retired late last year. Donovan looks back on his career and the changing relationship between European and American soccer.
Erison Turay was one of nearly 16,000 who survived the 2014 Ebola outbreak. A New York Times documentary chronicles Turay’s efforts to help survivors reintegrate into their communities through soccer. Director Ben C. Solomon joins Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield.
Seven years ago, AFC Bournemouth was competing in the fourth tier of English soccer and in dire financial straits. Now the club plays in the English Premier League. Reporter (and longtime Bournemouth fan) Russell Crewe visits Bournemouth to find out how a team from a small resort town made it to the top.
Charges of corruption, bribery, money laundering and influence peddling have made FIFA the object of criticism and the subject of investigations. Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, authors of “The Ugly Game: The Corruption of FIFA and the Qatari Plot To Buy the World Cup,” join Bill Littlefield.
What’s next for women’s soccer? Will the Washington NFL franchise have to change its nickname? And should we celebrate the growing number of opportunities for young girls to play football? Yahoo Sports contributor Danielle Elliott and USA Today columnist Nancy Armour join Bill Littlefield.