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Ballfields & Blackboards
50 minutes | May 31, 2022
May 2022 -- Streaming Creating Sports Chaos
We focus on the trend for MLB and other sports to move more content to exclusive streaming platforms. It may well drive existing viewers away and also fail to attract the younger demographic that they seek.
44 minutes | Mar 26, 2022
March 2022 -- Little Guy Success in NCAA Tourney
What's going on over the past few years with the big names of college basketball like Kentucky, Duke, Carolina, and Kansas struggling to make the Final Four and more little guys making noise? We talk about the influences and why schools like Vanderbilt aren't joining in. Also, we get into a spirited discussion of whether teams like the Braves letting Freddie Freeman get away makes sense.
51 minutes | Feb 19, 2022
February 2022 -- Player Salaries & Revenue Sharing Schemes
We engage in a lively discussion of ways that MLB and other leagues might better set up their revenue sharing to allow younger players to make more when most productive, reduce incentives for losing games and still maintain a reasonable competitive balance.
47 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
January 2022 -- College Football + Rugby
This month we dig transfer issues in college football along with the ACC's opposition to current playoff expansion after first covering some rugby questions
51 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
December 2021 -- Coaches Behaving Badly + CFB Playoff
It isn't just Urban Meyer. Bad behavior of some form by coaches seems the norm more than the exception. This month we discuss why that is the case along with the college football playoffs and MLB's collective bargaining issues.
48 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
November 2021 -- Regional Sports Networks
This month we discuss the tenuous status of regional sports networks in the era of growing streaming services and declining cable subscriptions. We consider the fallout for revenue in MLB, NBA, and NHL along with implications for collective bargaining problems. We also follow up on the college football conference reshuffle and a variety of current topics.
47 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
October 2021 -- NCAA Football Realignments
We look at the domino effect of the shifts in NCAA football conferences from the SEC and Big 12 down through the American, CUSA, and Sun Belt conferences.
51 minutes | Sep 25, 2021
Sept 21 -- Best & Worst Stadiums & Atmosphere
This month we discuss the best and worst sports stadiums and atmospheres. Beware if you are a Red Sox fan! Also, we dig deeper into the impact of NCAA realignments.
50 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
August 2021 -- MLB Trends & Favorite MLB Announcers
This month we discuss which teams are rising and falling in MLB along with our favorite and not-so-favorite MLB announcers. We also ponder the attendance questions for the NFL.
58 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
July 2021 -- SEC Expanding, Olympics, Aaron Rodgers
We discuss the implications of the SEC admitting OU and Texas, perspectives on the Olympics, and the Aaron Rodgers diva show.
43 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
June 2021 -- NCAA's Bad Day In Court + Silliest Stuff in Sports
We talk about the NCAA's hammering by the Supreme Court, silly rules or structures within sports, MLB's crackdown on doctoring baseballs, and NBA & NHL playoffs.
43 minutes | May 19, 2021
May 2021 -- MLB, NHL, NBA, Olympics
We go less scripted and talk about MLB injuries, lack of NHL viewers, the NBA playoff structure, the Olympics, and other stuff.
41 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
April 2021 -- MLB & NHL Rules, Soccer Super League
We discuss rule changes in MLB that might increase balls in play and other improvements, hockey's icing rule, and the idea of a Super League of top European soccer teams to replace the Champions League
42 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
March 2021 -- Final Four, MLB Predictions, NCAA in Supreme Court
This month we discuss the current Final Four along with memorable NCAA tournament games, make predictions for the upcoming MLB season, and ponder the future of college sports if the Supreme Court blows up the compensation restrictions of the NCAA.
46 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
February 2021 -- Indiana, Sports We Like, Billionaire Owners, Tiger's Endorsements
This month we explore why Indiana basketball isn't elite anymore, our current sports interests, impacts of billionaire owners, and how a golfer can become the top endorsement draw
46 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
January 2021 -- College Football Playoff Monopoly
We examine the paradox in college football of 4 teams dominating the playoffs while underneath that there is a lot of competition. We also look at the problem of "tanking" in sports leagues, the struggles of John Calipari and Kentucky Wildcat basketball, and take guesses as to whether Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens make it into the Hall of Fame.
45 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
December 2020 -- College Football Playoffs, Coach Buyouts, and Best & Worst of 2020
We discuss the college football playoff structure and teams, the sense and nonsense of big buyouts for college coaches, and identify our favorite and least favorite sports-related events for 2020 along with the NFL no-bubble decision and a new name for the Cleveland Indians.
48 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
November 2020 -- Minor Leagues & TV Viewership Decline
We talk about the pending restructuring and takeover of minor league affiliations, locations, and operations by MLB along with reasons for the decline in viewership across sports since the restarts during the pandemic.
48 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
October 2020 -- Steroids, Risk-Sharing, & World Series
In this episode, we discuss whether bans against the use of performance-enhancing drugs make sense along with minor-league risk sharing plans, and our views on the home run surge in MLB playoffs.
43 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
September 2020 -- Politics in Sports, Best Moments, MLB Playoffs
This month we discuss the dilemma facing sports leagues in dealing with politicized topics like racial discrimination. We also pick out some of the best moments in sports over the last few months and debate the expansion of MLB's playoffs and 2 out of 3 structure of the first round.
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