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The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

Fans who are tired of the NBA lockout can get some basketball entertainment from a new show, Lysistrata Jones, which opens on Broadway next month.

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The (Basketball) Show Must Go On

It's a desperate time for fans of the NBA. Frank Deford provides an alternative entertainment idea for basketball junkies.

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Bored with a best-of-seven series? Frank Deford has some alternative suggestions.

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Sometimes, One Is Enough

In an era of reality TV and short attention spans, Frank Deford wonders if the best-of-seven game series is really such a good idea.

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It's hard to relate America's love for the NFL to the broader national temperament — but the league now dominates all sports. Here, a young Oakland Raiders fan watches his team on a recent Sunday.

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Despite the popularity of college football, according to Frank Deford, only 14 athletic departments show a profit. Why? Because football has to cover the costs of the college sports that lose money.

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The Luxurious Revenue College Sports Model

Football picks up most of the bills for all the other college sports that lose money. Should an athletic department be funded on the shoulder pads of poor kids?

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Opening night for Guys and Dolls on Broadway or, for Frank Deford, "Guys and Guys." Joe Corrigan/Getty Images hide caption

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We're All Just 'Guys'

It used to be that guys were guys and girls were girls. But now everyone's a guy and Frank Deford is confused.

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No Respect For The Women On The Sidelines

In TV, football sideline reporters are often women. But commentator Frank Deford wonders why they aren't up in the booth, calling the game.

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The NCAA lost control of college football contracts in the 1980s, forcing it to rely on fees paid to broadcast its annual basketball tournament. Here, CBS broadcasters Jim Nantz, left, and Clark Kellogg interview North Carolina coach Roy Williams and player Ty Lawson after a 2009 game. Joe Murphy/Getty Images hide caption

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It's A Coin Toss: Presidential Speech Or Football?

Frank Deford wonders about the state of the nation when its citizens think a football game is more important than the president's economic address.

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The sun sets over Coors Field in Denver. While summer nights are perfect for baseball, late-season games can get a little chilly. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption

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On his 56-year quest, Dick Wessels visited all of the Division I college football stadiums. David Lee/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The Goal(post)-Oriented Pilgrimage

Commentator Frank Deford tells of a 56-year quest by a man who set out to visit all of the Division I college football stadiums in the nation.

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You're Off The Team: The Most Unkindest Cut

It's never fun to get cut from the team. But, as commentator Frank Deford points out, it's particularly brutal to get cut from football.

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Thinking Back On Bubba Smith

Former professional football player Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith died last week. Commentator Frank Deford has this remembrance.

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NCAA: Still Stalled By 'Amateur Hour' Thinking

As university presidents meet to discuss college athletics, commentator Frank Deford laments the facade of amateurism in the NCAA.

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When Owens Beat Hitler, And The Olympics Changed

It's the diamond anniversary of the 1936 Summer Olympic Games. Commentator Frank Deford looks back on what made the Berlin Olympics so memorable.

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