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February 2021 -- Indiana, Sports We Like, Billionaire Owners, Tiger's Endorsements

Ballfields & Blackboards

Release Date: 02/26/2021

June 2023 -- Last Episode show art June 2023 -- Last Episode

Ballfields & Blackboards

In this final installment of Ballfields & Blackboards we talk about bad behavior by parents & fans, the LIV merger with the PGA Tour, and the SEC's wrongheaded choice of an 8-game conference schedule. 

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April 2023 -- NCAA Basketball, MLB & More show art April 2023 -- NCAA Basketball, MLB & More

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We discuss the growth of "mid-majors" in the Final Four in 2023 and since 2005 and whether that trend is likely to continue. Also, we look at the early results of the new MLB rules, LIV golf, and more. 

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March 2023 -- NCAA Basketball Tournament show art March 2023 -- NCAA Basketball Tournament

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We dive into a variety of topics related to the men's NCAA basketball tournament. Why is parity increasing? Why are some of the big-name programs struggling? Why is the Big 12 the new ACC? What has happened to John Calipari's magic touch? Why does the selection committee hate Texas A&M? Who are the best bets for to make the Final Four? 

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February 2023 -- MLB Rules Changes & NBA Viewer Losses show art February 2023 -- MLB Rules Changes & NBA Viewer Losses

Ballfields & Blackboards

This month we consider a variety of topics including the new MLB rules, sinking NBA viewership, and a few other topics. 

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January 2023 -- MLB Free Agency & Future of Bowl Games show art January 2023 -- MLB Free Agency & Future of Bowl Games

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This month we examine the sense or nonsense of the long and large free-agent contracts in MLB along with how college football bowl games may fare with an expansion of the CFB playoffs and a bit on the Brett Maher extra points drama.  

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December 2022 -- College Playoff Expansion & World Cup show art December 2022 -- College Playoff Expansion & World Cup

Ballfields & Blackboards

This month we dig into the expansion of the College Football Playoff to 12 teams along with discussing the pros and cons of the World Cup tournament and NFL games in Europe. 

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October 2022 -- MLB Playoffs & Jimbo Fisher show art October 2022 -- MLB Playoffs & Jimbo Fisher

Ballfields & Blackboards

In this episode, we consider the structure of the MLB playoffs and how teams like the Braves last year and Phillies this year are excelling after fairly average seasons. We also discuss the dilemma of the $95 million guaranteed contract to Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher along with other coach compensation and selection topics. 

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August 2022 -- Unique Sports Venues, LIV-PGA Merger, and More show art August 2022 -- Unique Sports Venues, LIV-PGA Merger, and More

Ballfields & Blackboards

This month we consider places where various sports might play a one-off game like the Iowa "Field of Dreams" game. We also delve into possible incentives and the shape of a LIV and PGA Tour merger down the line, big-name free agents in MLB, John Calipari, and Manchester United's struggles.

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July 2022 -- Is Big Ten Expansion Good, Is LIV Golf Bad? show art July 2022 -- Is Big Ten Expansion Good, Is LIV Golf Bad?

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This month we dive into possible implications of the Big Ten's adding USC and UCLA along with looking at LIV Golf from more angles than just the Saudi financial sponsorship. 

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June 2022 -- Positive Trends for MLB show art June 2022 -- Positive Trends for MLB

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We try to find some of the positive things going on in Major League Baseball as well as exploring a few other topics such as politics in sports and Dusty Baker's managing decisions. 

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