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  How can the NCAA blithely wreck careers without regard to due process or common fairness? How can it act so ruthlessly to enforce rules that are so petty? Why won’t anybody stand up to these outrageous violations of American values and American justice?

In the four years since Joe Nocera asked those questions in a controversial New York Times column, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has come under fire. Fans have begun to realize that the athletes involved in the two biggest college sports, men’s basketball and football, are little more than indentured servants. Millions of teenagers accept scholarships to chase their dreams of fame and fortune—at the price of absolute submission to the whims of an organization that puts their interests dead last.

Nocera's new book is Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.

  Times Union Sports Editor Pete Iorizzo and Daily Gazette Executive Sports Editor Mark McGuire join us today to talk sports. 

  From the time he took up the game of football Joe Montana has been initially been overlooked, not blessed with the prototypical size for a quarter back his skill and understanding of the nuances of the game overcame any perceived shortcomings. In his new biography of the Hall of Famer, Montana: The Biography Of Football's Joe Cool author Keith Dunnavant follows the life and career of one the game's all time greats.

Joe Montana is one of the only three quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls and did so in less than a decade, a two time league MVP, he became the signature player of the NFL landscape throughout the 1980's.

  Endzone tells the story of how college football's most successful, richest and respected program almost lost all three in less than a decade - and entirely of its own doing. It is a story of hubris, greed, and betrayal - a tale more suited to Wall Street than the world's top public university.

Author John U. Bacon takes you inside the offices, the board rooms and the locker rooms of the University of Michigan to see what happened, and why - with countless eye-opening, head-shaking scenes of conflict and conquest.

  Recently the Washington Redskins have been synonymous with controversy but in the not-too-distant past, D.C.'s beloved team was considered a model franchise that put together one of the most unique and colorful dynasties in NFL history under the leadership of Coach Joe Gibbs.

Based on more than 90 original interviews with key sources, the new book Hail to the Redskins by sportswriter Adam Lazarus, gives readers access to the players and coaches who championed the extraordinary era from 1981 to 1992, charting the teams rise from mediocrity to its stretch of three Super Bowl titles in 10 years.

  In his new book Billion-Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football, journalist Gilbert Gaul examines how – he says - college football has come to dominate some of our best, most prestigious universities—reframing campus values, distorting academic missions, and transforming athletic departments into astonishingly rich entertainment factories, even as many university presidents look the other way.

Gaul argues these abuses are mere symbols of something much larger and problematic: the business model that schools have created using football to brand their schools, monetizing every aspect of the game.

Gilbert Gaul twice won the Pulitzer Prize and has been shortlisted for the Pulitzer four other times. For more than thirty-five years, he worked as an investigative journalist for The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and other newspapers.

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In New York, the Orange County district attorney says no criminal charges will be filed in connection with allegations made concerning a school district’s athletics team.

  In the summer of 1959, most of the town of Braddock, Pennsylvania---along with half a million steel workers around the country---went on strike in the longest labor stoppage in American history. With no paychecks coming in, the families of Braddock looked to its football team for inspiration.

Author and journalist Greg Nichols writes about it in his book, Striking Gridiron: A Town's Pride and a Team's Shot at Glory During the Biggest Strike in American History.

  One of the best sportswriters working today, Mike Lupica, joins us this morning to talk about his new book, Fantasy League and about the current state of the NFL.

Lupica will be at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA on Thursday.

 

   In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves.

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Football season is upon us, and from the NFL to college to high schools, the safety of the game is under a microscope like never before. In the first story of a two-part series, we take a look at how the high school football season is being impacted by growing concussion awareness.

    Ace Atkins has taken over writing Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels.

His latest is Cheap Shot about a mystery surrounding a New England Patriots linebacker.

    Leigh Steinberg is renowned as one of the greatest sports agents in history, representing such All-Pro clients as Troy Aikman, Bruce Smith, and Ben Roethlisberger. Over one particular seven-year stretch, Steinberg represented the top NFL Draft pick an unheard of six times.

In The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals And Changing The Game real-life "Jerry Maguire," superagent Leigh Steinberg shares his personal stories on the rise, fall, and redemption of his game-changing career in the high-stakes world of professional sports.

For Rich Cohen and millions of other fans, the 1985 Chicago Bears were more than a football team- they were the greatest football team ever. A gang of colorful nuts, dancing and pounding their way to victory-they wont a Superbowl and even saved a city.

Cohen was 17 years old when the Bears won their first and only Superbowl. He was in the super dome when they defeated the New England Patriots 46-10.

In his new book Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and The Wild Heart of Football- he recounts the thrilling story of their sole championship season, as well as the history of the franchise and the history of the early NFL.

    The BCS National Championship Game is being played tonight at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA.

Steve Eubanks joins us to talk about his new book: All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and The War They Fought in Iraq.

Keith Strudler: Football Hero/Football Zero

Dec 18, 2013

It you watched the closing moments of last week’s football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers, you may have felt like you had seen it before, like it was a scene out of Groundhog Day. For those who missed it, the plotline went something like this. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo led his team to the brink of victory, only to gamble it away with a series of ill-conceived, unnecessarily risky passes that resulted in game altering interceptions. Specifically here, all Dallas really had to do in the closing minutes of the game was simply run the ball and run the clock. But Romo, forever the gunslinger, threw wildly into defensive traffic. Green Bay picked it off, scored the go-ahead touchdown, and revived a narrative that’s older than the Cowboys’ stadium itself.

    In The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America, Gregg Easterbrook, author of the wildly popular ESPN.com column Tuesday Morning Quarterback takes on football's place in American society.

In the book, he tells the full story of how football became so deeply ingrained in American culture. Both good and bad, he examines its impact on American society at all levels of the game.

    Perhaps the best undefeated team in the history of college football the dramatic true story of the 1988 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and their incredible unbeaten season is told in Jerry Barca’s new book, Unbeatable: Notre Dame's 1988 Championship and the Last Great College Football Season.

    Joe Donahue speaks with Chris Kluwe (author, gamer, nerd - and football player) about his book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities.

Courtesy of the office of NYS Senator David Carlucci

Football players at a New York high school are showing up for their first day of practice and receiving new helmets Monday. 

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Are you ready for some football?! Today we’re talking about football in the lead up to the super bowl this Sunday, where a veteran Baltimore Ravens team will be matched against the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick in his first season as a starter.

Joining us today is director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication and WAMC sports commentator Keith Strudler. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

One tradition that continues tomorrow is the Dallas Cowboys playing on Thanksgiving. But America’s Team didn’t always have Dallas’ undivided loyalties. WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with John Eisenberg, author of Ten-Gallon War: The NFL’s Cowboys, The AFL’s Texans, and the Feud for Dallas’ Pro Football Future

The football-mad state of Texas didn’t always look the way it does now, with the Dallas Cowboys, America’s team, playing in a super-stadium and the Houston Texans a legitimate force of their own.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with CBS Sports.COM NFL insider Mike Freeman, author of the new book Undefeated: Inside the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ Perfect Season.

We welcome bestselling author and award-winning sports reporter, Joe Drape, and speak with him about his latest book, Soldiers First: Duty, Honor, Country, and Football at West Point.