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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Atlanta Hawks are No. 1 in the NBA’s Eastern Conference — and up for sale. TNT analyst David Aldridge joins us to discuss the Hawks’ success on the floor and their future off of it.
Why are workers at the Fanatics warehouse in Ohio — the country’s hub for sports gear — told to wear belts? Because they walk so much during “picking season” that they lose weight. Grantland’s Bryan Curtis visited the warehouse and joins Bill Littlefield to share what he learned.
At the most challenging time in its history, the NCAA created a new position — second only to President Mark Emmert. Former West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck — father of NFL quarterback Andrew Luck — accepted the job. Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star joins us to explain what the move means for the NCAA.