Charlie Pierce
June 4th, 2016

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

One game into the 2016 NBA Finals, is it fair to say LeBron and the Cavs are big underdogs? And why does forward Anderson Varej√£o have better odds than anyone else of getting a championship ring? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill talk NBA playoffs and more.

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May 21st, 2016

A Magazine Editor’s Attempt To Get (Very) Good At Tennis

Not until he was in his mid-50s did former New York Times Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati decide to take tennis seriously. Very seriously. Marzorati hired a coach and spent hours practicing. He chronicles his quest in his new book, “Late to the Ball.”

April 30th, 2016

Tennis In Bullrings And On Ice: Rod Laver On The Pro Circuit’s Early Days

Until the advent of the Open Era in 1968, professional tennis players were excluded from the sport’s top tournaments. So instead of competing at Wimbledon or the US Open, tennis pros toured the world, often playing in unusual — and unfavorable — conditions. Tennis Hall of Famer Rod Laver joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his experiences.

April 16th, 2016

No Matter The Sport, Women Athletes Are Always Paid Less

No one is surprised that women get paid less than men in sports. The same is true in nearly every other profession. What’s surprising is that female athletes routinely get paid less than they should, even after accounting for revenue, profits and popularity. Bill Littlefield explores the story.

April 9th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: Villanova Wins, Tennis Ball Controversy, Race In Baseball

Did we just witness the five most exciting seconds in March Madness history? Did you know men and women play with different tennis balls? And is baseball too white?

March 12th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: Andrews, Endorsements, Sharapova

Has the world gotten any safer for female sportscasters? Should we pay attention to political endorsements made by sports stars? And who should decide whether athletes can take prescription drugs for medical conditions? Sports on Earth’s Will Leitch and NFL Network and HBO’s Andrea Kremer join Bill Littlefield for this week’s roundtable.

March 11th, 2016

Time To Say Goodbye: Memorable Athlete Retirements

Peyton Manning is not the first, and won’t be the last, athlete to retire in memorable fashion. Here’s a look back at some other notable moments.

March 5th, 2016

Remembering Bud Collins, Tennis’ Best Friend

Bud Collins, tennis commentator and longtime friend of Only A Game, died this week. Bill Littlefield offers a remembrance.

January 23rd, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: Cardinals, Sports Betting, Facebook

Is it time to jump on the Arizona Cardinals bandwagon? Should sports betting be legalized? And do we really need another social media feature? Sports On Earth’s Will Leitch join Only A Game’s Karen Given and Bill Littlefield for this week’s roundtable.

January 23rd, 2016

Match-Fixing In Tennis: From 2007 To Today

BuzzFeed and the BBC made waves this week with their joint report on alleged match-fixing in international tennis. Bill Littlefield explores the controversy and tries to figure out if “the fix” is in.

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