March 22, 2014
Recent scandals regarding the education that student-athletes in big-time athletics programs are receiving begs the question, what can be done to make sure the “student” in student-athlete still means something? One idea proposed by an instructor at UNC would allow student-athletes to take a reduced course load in their active seasons and make up for it after their playing eligibility has expired. Joining us to discuss this proposal and other alternatives to the current system are Stephen King, an instructor of visual communication and author of the aforementioned proposal, and Luke Notestine, a sports anchor and reporter at WLOS News 11, the ABC affiliate in Asheville, North Carolina.
March 15, 2014
A class action lawsuit against the NCAA, known commonly as the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit, is finally on the way to some kind of resolution. Originally filed in 2009 against videogame makers over their use of former athlete’s likenesses in their games, the suit has expanded to include former and current players and the NCAA. A federal judge has ordered the parties to enter settlement talks, with a trail date in June if those talks don’t resolve the issues. Joining us to talk about where the case is and where it might be going are Ellen Staurowsky, a professor of sports management at Drexel University and Sonny Vaccaro, sports marketing pioneer and long time NCAA critic.
March 8, 2014
A recent cover story for Bloomberg Businessweek shows a UNC basketball jersey with an ‘F’ grade and the caption “No Class.” This refers both to lectures in the Afro-american studies department, taken predominately by student-athletes at UNC, that never met and the way the University has handled the ensuing scandal. Joining us to discuss the article and why Universities are so reluctant to address these issues are Paul Barrett, author of the Businessweek cover story, and Richard Southall, director of the College Sports Research Institute.
March 1, 2014
You can’t have a successful college athletic program without the right athletes and recruiting these players has become a huge part most athletics programs, almost becoming a sport in-and-of itself. How has this changed over the years? How are coaches able to predict if a high school sophomore will be a successful college player? And how do scouting agencies and the growing media and fan interest in recruiting affect the process? Joining us to discuss this are Jimmy Adams, a retired basketball coach who has worked at the high school and college level (University of Memphis and Ole Miss), and Joe Giglio, a sports writer at the News & Observer who covers recruiting.
February 22, 2014
We all know that the Olympics are an opportunity for nations around the world to come together in a friendly, competitive environment and that no one country actually wins the games. But winning medals, especially gold medals, and even hosting the games are tremendous sources of national pride for many countries, the US included. What is it like to represent your country on this stage? And is there a better way for national Olympic committees and media organizations to measure success in the games? Joining us to discuss these issues are Dr. Phillips D’Agati author of Nationalism on the World Stage: Cultural Performance at the Olympic Games and Karen Shelton, head coach of the UNC women’s field hockey team and member of the US field hockey team who won a bronze medal at the 1984 games.
February 15, 2014
Back in August, the NFL and a group of former players reached a settlement in a lawsuit over the long-term effects of concussions suffered during their time in the league. The settlement required the NFL to pay a total of $750 million dollars. But recently a federal judge ruled that this amount may not be enough and both legal teams now must reconvene to decide how much the league owes the nearly 4,500 players represented in the suit. Joining us to talk about what all this means from a former-player’s perspective are Jamal Brooks, a former linebacker who played for six years in the league, and Jack Brewer, a former safety for player for five years.
February 8, 2014
Recently, the first real steps were taken for college student-athletes to be represented by a labor union. Paperwork was filed with local and national labor boards on behalf several football players at Northwestern University. The players are represented by the National College Players Association which says it is trying to improve playing conditions and treatment of student-athletes by the NCAA. Joining us to discuss the issue are Richard Southall, director of the College Sports Research Institute and Jeffrey Michael Hirsch, a professor of the UNC School of Law who specializing in labor laws and union organizing.
February 1, 2014
Ever since the NBA enacted new age-restrictions for draft eligibility in 2006, many young basketball players who would have normally gone straight into the pros from high school must attend college, but only for one year. This so-called “one-and-done” rule has been controversial, especially from the standpoint of colleges who admit these student-athletes with the expectation that they will leave as soon as they are draft-eligable. Is it even fair to calls these players “student-athletes”? Joining us to discuss the topic are Leonard Elmore, attorney and basketball analyst for ESPN, and Chris Ekstrand, former sports writer and current NBA scout.
January 25, 2014
This week we continue our discussion of academic achievement among student-athletes in light of a CNN investigation alleging that many athletes in the revenue-generating sports (Football, Men’s Basketball) are reading at an eighth level, and some as low as a fifth grade level. Joining us to continue the discussion are Scott Hirko, professor of Sports Management at Central Michigan University and Mary Willingham, a former learning specialist and tutor with the Academic Center for Student Athletes at UNC, and a key source in the CNN report.
January 11, 2014
On January 6, Florida State became the latest, and last, school to win the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) Nation Championship game. Next year, for the first time ever, the college football’s national title will be awarded using a playoff system. Throughout its entire 14-year run, the BCS was a controversial system. So why has it taken so long to develop a different way of determining a national champion? Why has college football avoided a playoff when most other professional and collegiate sports have them? Also, will the four-team playoff system that begins next year be enough, or will the system continue to expand? Joining us to discuss these questions and more are Bill Curry, former coach at Georgia Tech and the University of Alabama, and Tim Crothers, a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated.