Frank Deford http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Bad Behavior From A Sports Franchise Owner? That's Not New http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bad-behavior-sports-franchise-owner-thats-not-new Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA after he made racist comments.<p>Sports bans aren't new.<p>In 1990, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was banned from day-to-day management of the club by Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent.<p>Steinbrenner was reinstated in 1993.<p>Sterling is 80. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Frank Deford 35721 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bad Behavior From A Sports Franchise Owner? That's Not New In Ice Skating's Biggest Story, The Media Were Poor Sports http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ice-skatings-biggest-story-media-were-poor-sports It's difficult to understand why certain athletes are harshly singled out by the media, but one of the most baffling examples has to be the criticism displayed toward figure skater Nancy Kerrigan after she was clubbed in the leg at a practice session just weeks before the 1994 Olympics.<p>The ex-husband of another member of the U.S. women's team, Tonya Harding, was convicted of arranging the attack. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Frank Deford 33172 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Ice Skating's Biggest Story, The Media Were Poor Sports Women's Team Sports: Where Is The Love? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/womens-team-sports-where-love Two recent sporting disappointments underscore the state of interest in women in sports. The first: Lindsey Vonn, sadly acknowledging that her injuries were too serious, announced that she would not be able to compete in the Olympics next month. The second: The owners of the Los Angeles Sparks, acknowledging that they were overwhelmed by debt, just gave up the franchise.<p>Now, even if you aren't a sports fan, you've probably heard about Vonn's fate. Even if you are a sports fan, you might well have not heard about the plight of the Sparks. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Frank Deford 33024 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Women's Team Sports: Where Is The Love? Should Character Count In Sports Awards? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/should-character-count-sports-awards The Grammy nominations are in, and the talk now is of what actors will be chosen for the Academy Awards, but not once have I heard anyone suggest that any of the singers or actors may not be nominated because of some character deficiency.<p>Likewise, when it comes to awards in theater or television or dance or literature, I don't ever recall any candidate losing out because of a personal flaw.<p>Only sports applies that peripheral off-the-field standard. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Frank Deford 32142 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Should Character Count In Sports Awards? To Liven Up NFL Pregame Shows, Take A Cue From 'The View'? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/liven-nfl-pregame-shows-take-cue-view The Sunday pregame shows feature interchangeable ex-players and ex-coaches saying the same banal things, one after another.<p>"They've got to cut down on turnovers."<p>"They've got to convert more third-down situations."<p>And so on. There's no human interaction, just mirthless recitations. But on female-centered shows like <em>The View</em> and <em>The Talk, </em>the hosts actually discuss, argue, hash things out, laugh for real and behave like flesh-and-blood human beings. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:07:00 +0000 Frank Deford 31929 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org To Liven Up NFL Pregame Shows, Take A Cue From 'The View'? The Horse Who Picked Up A Paintbrush http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/horse-who-picked-paintbrush <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3IxwuFw3E8</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:25:00 +0000 Frank Deford 31768 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Horse Who Picked Up A Paintbrush In Basketball, It's Always About What's Next http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/basketball-its-always-about-whats-next College basketball seems to get started sooner every year, like puberty in American children. Why does everything have to begin so early now, before you have time to get ready for it?<p>Things move so fast in college basketball that there are <em>three</em> players this year who are being called "the next LeBron James. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Frank Deford 31586 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Basketball, It's Always About What's Next Why Has Football Become So Brutish? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-has-football-become-so-brutish Not surprisingly, in the explosive revelations about the Miami Dolphins team turmoil, most attention has been paid to the fact that, in the midst of a locker room predominately composed of African-American players, a white, Richie Incognito, slurred a black teammate, Jonathan Martin, with the ugliest racial epithet –– and was actually publicly supported by some blacks on the team. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:24:00 +0000 Frank Deford 31395 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Has Football Become So Brutish? Root, Root, Root For The Home Team? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/root-root-root-home-team Does a citizen of any country, not just the good ole U.S. of A., have an obligation to support its national teams? For goodness sake, it's just a game, not Horatius at the Bridge standing between us and national defeat.<p>The fact is, too, that because the U.S. is so powerful, our team is usually the favorite, and, hey, it's natural to root for the underdog. Somehow I don't think it makes you a traitor if, say, you take a liking to somebody like itsy-bitsy Lithuania when it battles our juggernaut of NBA all-stars in international basketball competition. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:02:00 +0000 Frank Deford 31201 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Root, Root, Root For The Home Team? Can NASCAR Steer Itself Back Into Popularity? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/can-nascar-steer-itself-back-popularity As the NASCAR season climaxes, America's prime motor sport continues to see its popularity in decline. For several years now, revenues and sponsorship have plummeted, leaving an audience that increasingly resembles the stereotype NASCAR so desperately thought it could grow beyond: older white Dixie working class.<p>Both ESPN and the Turner Broadcasting Co., longtime NASCAR networks, took a look at the down graphs and the down-scale demographics and didn't even bother to bid on the new TV contract.<p>Economics, of course, are part of the problem. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:03:00 +0000 Frank Deford 31026 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Can NASCAR Steer Itself Back Into Popularity?