October 5, 2013
A new book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth is being called by Sports Illustrated “the book the NFL doesn’t want you to read”. How does an inherently physical and violent sport like football deal with the ongoing issue of concussions and head trauma among its players? What sort of responsibility do leagues like the NFL have to current and former players? Joining us this week to discuss the issue are Dr. Jason Mihalik, a professor of Exercise and Sports Science at UNC-Chapel Hill who specializes in head trauma and traumatic brain injury and Jamal Brooks, a linebacker and special teams player who spent seven seasons in the NFL.
September 28, 2013
Last weekend players from Georgia Tech, Georgia and Northwestern took the field with the letters APU written somewhere on their uniforms. APU stands for “All Players United” and player advocates hope it is the beginning of a organized protest by players against the NCAA. This week Sonny Vaccaro, longtime NCAA critic and sports marketing pioneer, and John Sweeney, professor of sports communication at UNC-Chapel Hill, join us to discuss the implications of this movement for athletes, the NCAA and college athletics in general.
September 21, 2013
We continue our discussion of big money in college athletes and whether, as Time magazine suggested in their September 16th issue, it is time to pay college athletes. Joining us this week is Ramogi Huma, the director of the National College Players Association and Charlie Scott, legendary UNC basketball player who went on the win an NBA championship and an Olympic Gold Medal.
September 14, 2013
The cover story in the September 16th issue of Time Magazine is titled: “It’s Time to Pay College Athletes.” It wasn’t a question, it was a statement. Richard Southall, the Director of the College Sport Research Institute at the University of South Carolina and Ellen Staurowsky, a professor in Drexel University’s Department of Sport Management (who is also a former coach and athletics director), address what the article’s author called a “moral imperative” on this week’s Sports Focus.
September 7, 2013
On the inaugural installment of Sports Focus, we discuss the Rawlings Report, commissioned by UNC but with national implications regarding the proper role of athletics on a college campus. UNC faculty chair Jan Boxill and ECU AD emeritus Terry Holland talk about the 28 specific recommendations in the report, including freshman ineligibility.