The NBA's ongoing lockout affects the hometown cities in different ways. While most large cities with a professional basketball team can attract fans with other professional sports, in places like Oklahoma City, businesses suffer as a result. Economists estimate each lost game is a million-dollar hit to the city's economy.
Two top Penn State officials charged with covering up allegations of a child sex abuse scandal have stepped down after Sunday's emergency meeting of the university's Board of Trustees. Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged over the weekend with sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.
College football's two top-ranked teams, Alabama and Louisiana State University, play for the No. 1 spot Saturday night. Howard Bryant of ESPN talks with host Scott Simon about the game, the end of baseball season and the stalled beginning of the NBA season.
Jerry West is literally the symbol of the National Basketball Association; his silhouette is the NBA's logo. Host Scott Simon talks to the former player about his life both on and off the court, documented in his new memoir, West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association plans to hold college teams to higher academic standards as part of its sweeping rule changes. The NCAA will also let students get 'cost of living' cash and scholarships on a multi-year basis. NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks with host Michel Martin about the new rules, and addresses criticisms surrounding student-athlete exploitation.
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