Frank Deford

Frank Deford appears in the following:

Why Women's Sports Get So Little Attention

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

As the WNBA finals approach, NPR commentator Frank Deford explains why — Serena Williams aside — women's professional sports are not as popular as men's.


Yogi Berra, The Ultimate In Athletic Americana

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yogi Berra died Tuesday at age 90. The Hall of Fame catcher is part of our culture in ways that other great athletes never manage. To mark his passing, Morning Edition airs this encore from 2005.


Too Many Sports Columnists Being Cut From The Team

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Baseball used to be a newspaper game, says commentator Frank Deford. Now, sports are equal parts television and fantasy.


Spending Public Money On Sports Stadiums Is Bad Business

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Municipalities all over the country keep forking over money for new football stadiums, and sports commentator Frank Deford finds it outrageous "because football stadiums are the worst excesses."


Deford: When It Comes To The Courtroom, Bet On The Players

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

History shows why we shouldn't be surprised that a judge recently overturned New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's suspension.


Why Is There An Extra Point In Football, And Do We Need It?

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

This year, the extra-point line of scrimmage has been moved back to the 15-yard line. Will that make any demonstrable difference in lowering the conversion rate?


What If Serena Williams Had Faced Tougher Rivals?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

As Serena Williams seeks her 22nd Grand Slam title, commentator Frank Deford wishes tennis produced more competitors worthy of her.


Deford: When 'Deflategate' Dust Settles, Put Goodell Out To Pasture

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and star quarterback Tom Brady head to court over "deflategate," commentator Frank Deford says it's time for Goodell to be replaced in the league's front office.


Bryce Harper Or Mike Trout: Are These Two Too Good?

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford weighs in on two of the youngest, brightest stars in professional baseball.


Deford To Hollywood: Ban Boxing Movies

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford isn't crazy about the new boxing movie Southpaw. He says its shortcomings are typical of Hollywood's depiction of boxing.


For Love Or Money: Fans And Businesses Flock To Fantasy Sports

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The legal loophole that allows people to bet on fantasy sports teams but not real ones is attracting big money. Fantasy games may trump real ones soon, says commentator Frank Deford.


For Women's Sports To Soar, Female Fans Must Show Support

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford says female supporters will play a key role in sustaining enthusiasm for women's sports after an exciting U.S. Women's World Cup win.


What Have The Numbers Done To America's Pastime?

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Baseball statistics have been around almost as long as the game. But a recent statistic explosion has led to covert skulduggery, industrial espionage and power politics. In baseball!


All-Star Games Are Worthless If The Players Are Not All-Stars

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game may be less starry than usual this year because of Kansas City fans' campaign to get as many Royals players as possible into the game.


The Quieter Sports Season, And Why Tennis Needs Caddies

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer is finally here and commentator Frank Deford rounds up some of the sights and (softer) sounds of the season. And he says it's time for a new job on the courts of Wimbledon.


Awards For Athletes Should Honor Unsung Heroes

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

If ESPN wants to honor selfless players, it should give awards for courage to unknown people who achieve great feats.


For Sports Immortality, The 3rd Or 4th Time's The Charm

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tennis players Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic both have the potential to win Grand Slams, one of the rarest achievements in sports. But it's not an easy feat.


The Other Sacred Thing Tom Brady Squashed: Sportsmanship

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tom Brady could be guilty of one of the worst transgressions in sport — purposely defiling the part of the game that makes it fair and square.


Was 'Deflategate' About Tom Brady's Legacy Or His Ego?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Patriots quarterback was recently suspended for his apparent role in underinflating game balls. For commentator Frank Deford, "Deflategate" is as much about Brady's vanity as it is about victory.


Athletes Want To Talk To Fans Without Meddlesome Sports Journalists

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Retired baseball player Derek Jeter is leading the charge to find ways for players to speak to fans without media middlemen.