December 1, 2004 NPR's Luke Burbank reports on a group of men with a tradition that may be threatened by construction of a new baseball stadium in Washington, D.C. The men have gathered each week for decades to drink and gab on the patch of dirt where the new stadium may be built.
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December 1, 2004 Commentator Frank Deford looks at the culture of the NBA and the animosity that is growing between fans and players. He says the fight that erupted at the Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons basketball game is more evidence that many fans are turned off by the swagger and attitude of the players.
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December 1, 2004 Notre Dame's first black head football coach is fired halfway through his contract. Tyrone Willingham started out strong in 2002, but his last two seasons have been a disappointment. Joseph Kasko of member station WVPE reports from South Bend, Ind., on Willingham's 21-15 stint with the Fighting Irish.
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November 30, 2004 The Supreme Court hears the case of a girls basketball coach in Alabama who was fired after complaining that girls' teams received fewer resources than boys' teams. Coach Roderick Jackson's case tests the scope of the anti-discrimination law Title IX. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.
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November 29, 2004 Sports guru George Johnson recaps the latest in sports news and controversies, and speculates on who will be named this season's National Football League Most Valuable Player. Hear Johnson and NPR's Tavis Smiley.
November 27, 2004 NPR's Scott Simon talks with Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Ron Rapoport about the upcoming college football championships and the brawl at the Pacers-Pistons game.
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November 26, 2004 The National Hockey League's labor dispute and the resulting lockout are hurting businesses that benefit from their proximity to ice arenas. In San Jose, Calif., where the Sharks hockey team packs its downtown arena more than 41 nights each year, attempts to fill arenas with other events are not making up the income shortfall. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
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November 26, 2004 The college football season is rolling toward late-season collisions featuring traditional rivalries, conference championships and the upcoming bowl-game schedule. Then there's the annual debate over the system used to set up a national championship game. Hear NPR's Steve Inskeep and sports commentator John Feinstein.
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November 24, 2004 Essayist Scott Huler offers this commentary about how to put out-of-work hockey players talents and strength to good use. Today marks the 70th day of a lockout of National Hockey League players.
November 24, 2004 NPR's Mike Pesca visits Queensbridge, New York, the violent neighborhood where Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest grew up. This week, Artest was suspended for the remainder of the NBA season for fighting with fans during a game in Detroit.
November 24, 2004 In New York City debate continues about a proposal to build a new stadium for the New York Jets on the West Side of Manhattan. The conversation involves sports, politics and waterfront real estate -- a volatile mix. From member station WNYC, Andrea Bernstein reports.
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November 23, 2004 What are we to make of fan behavior in light of the ugly fight involving players and fans at the recent Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons basketball game? Hear NPR's Noah Adams and James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds.
November 23, 2004 Former Republican congressman J.C. Watts gives his take on the recent NBA melee. Watts offers his thoughts on the incident and the issue of player and fan responsibility.
November 23, 2004 The image of Friday night's ugly scrap between fans and NBA athletes highlights one of the most violent melees in U.S. sports history. NPR's Tavis Smiley discusses the issue of race and pop culture, and its relation to the recent NBA brawl, with Selena Roberts, sports columnist with The New York Times and Michael Wilbon, sports columnist for The Washington Post and co-host of Pardon the Interruption on ESPN.
November 23, 2004 Last Friday night's now infamous brawl between two NBA teams and fans has started to affect other parts of the sports world. Two college football teams who also exchanged blows this past weekend have decided to forgo any bowl games this post-season. NPR s Tom Goldman reports.
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