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S2, Ep. 7: Kimberley Nash, The Lady Sportswriter (Returns)

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The Lady Sportswriter, Kimberley Nash, returns to the podcast to discuss Lavar Ball, his recent dustup with Fox Sports 1 (FS1) reporter Kristine Leahy on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, why I found the exchange to be so fascinating (from both sides), and much more. (Run Time: 34 minutes)  (more…)

S2, Ep. 3: Howard Bryant, Senior Writer ESPN/Columnist ESPN The Magazine

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African-American participation in baseball, at any level, is a deeply personal subject for me. Growing up, I was usually the only black player on the team. I had great teammates, but I always wondered why more blacks didn’t play America’s Pastime; I also wonder, as the percentage continues to decline, whether or not anything can be done to reverse the trend. (more…)

Raiders Move To Las Vegas Another Callous Blow To Oakland

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With the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas (2019) and the Golden State Warriors moving across the Bay to San Francisco (2020) Oakland, a great American sports town, is losing part of its soul.

Sports franchises move all the time. I know this. Anyone who watches and follows sports knows this. Sadly, it has become part of the sports landscape. (more…)

Ep. 18: Andrew Bailey, Bleacher Report NBA and Breaking News

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Andrew Bailey has covered the NBA and Breaking News for Bleacher Report for six years. His Twitter account, @AndrewDBailey,  is a treasure trove of basketball analytics and statistics that cause spirited debates. It’s not on purpose, he’s just telling you what the numbers tell him. (more…)

Ep. 12: Mike Yam, Pac-12 Network Studio Host, Give Me A Sense Podcast

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I think a lot of people can relate to the early morning/late night routine of getting ready for work or winding down the day by turning on a show like Sportscenter or a college network show. Even if its for a few minutes as a familiar backdrop to your routine, you can relate to “catching up” on what you might have missed in the world of sports. (more…)

Ep. 10: Olympic Trainer Dr. Karen Bloch, Dr. Carling McMichael, & John Mann, Olympic Men’s Water Polo Player

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Being an Olympian goes beyond what we see when the lights are brightest. To get to the biggest stage, it takes physical preparation and training beyond anything that most of us can comprehend. (more…)

Ep. 9: Bill Strickland, Pioneer NBA Sports Attorney/Agent

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The world of sports agents isn’t one for the faint of heart. It takes a level of skill and determination that few have. For minorities, that rings even truer.  (more…)

Ep. 8: Schea Cotton, High School Basketball Legend, Coach, & Mentor

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When you speak to Schea Cotton, he commands your attention. You can feel the experiences when the now 38-year old, former #1 High School basketball player in the country shares his life experiences.

Such is probably going to be the case when you talk to a man who, at 15, was already better than his older contemporaries at the time. Players such as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce are just some of the names Schea was lauded over. Greatness on the basketball court was expected, almost a forgone conclusion. But things didn’t work out; and not necessarily for the reasons one might assume.

In today’s podcast I had the privilege of sitting down with Schea Cotton, the high school basketball legend, whose film “Manchild” will be premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 2nd at 9:00 p.m. (PST). (if you’re in the Los Angeles area, click the link for details on how to get tickets https://tickets.lafilmfestival.com/ )

I talk to Schea about his early life (4:00) and why he played basketball. His rise in the high school ranks while playing for Mater Dei and St. John Bosco (10:00). We also talk about what happened that kept him from playing basketball for two years before ending up in Alabama (15:00). We discuss his work today as an AAU coach and what he hopes people take away from the movie (20:00).

You can follow Schea on Instagram (@scheacotton) and Twitter (@ScheaCotton). Again, ticket information for the premiere in the Los Angeles Film Festival can be found here: https://tickets.lafilmfestival.com/Online/

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Ep. 2: Rodney Smith, Director of Sports Law, Arizona State University

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Rodney K. Smith, Director of Sports Law for Arizona State University, joined me to discuss a range of topics including NCAA policy changes (5:00), agent counsel for high school recruits (10:00), athletes and social change (20:00), and more.