Wayman Tisdale was that rare human being: a great athlete who had a great second act. The former pro basketball player became a jazz bassist, yet his life ended in tragedy at the age of 44. Host Scott Simon Speaks with Brian Schodorf about his new documentary The Wayman Tisdale Story.
The sides reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season with a marquee triple-header Dec. 25. Most of a season that seemed in jeopardy of being lost entirely will be salvaged if both sides approve the handshake deal.
The NFL's traditional Thanksgiving Day games have football fans excited. If the day has a theme, it could be "grudge match." The Dallas Cowboys have a shot at repairing their pride injured in 1993; Green Bay and Detroit's game has echoes of 1962; and in the final game, two brothers will coach opposing teams for the first time in NFL history.
The Missouri river town spent $300 million on a glass-encased sports arena that no big-league pro sports team calls home. Four years later, Sprint Center ranks as America's fifth-busiest arena, with visitors ranging from Lady Gaga to Elmo, from college hoops to Cirque du Soleil.
There is a race in sports that has nothing to do with the athletes: It's all about stadiums outdoing each other for who can have the latest and greatest technology to keep fans entertained — and create new revenue streams. Staples Center in Los Angeles — home to the Lakers, Clippers and Kings — is the newest entrant to the race. But how much technology is too much?
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