Frank Deford

Frank Deford appears in the following:

Deford: Is Goodell Good Enough To Lead The NFL?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's two-game suspension of a Baltimore Ravens player for an alleged assault has been widely criticized. Commentator Frank Deford says American football needs a new envoy.


The Washington Football Team That Must Not Be Named

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

As the NFL begins training camp, Commentator Frank Deford wonders why Washington's team keeps its contentious nickname. He suggests alternatives, like the Lobbyists, the Presidents or simply the Who.


Remembering How The Great War Changed U.S. Sports

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Commentator Frank Deford considers the war's unlikely impact on American sports.


A Golf Prodigy Grows Up, And Goes All The Way To The Top

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Child actors are infamous for burning out young. Not so for child athletes, says commentator Frank Deford. Michelle Wie, the 24-year-old golfer, may now be the best-known golfer in the world.


The Time Of Our Sports Lives: How Europe's Games Neglect The Clock

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

In Europe, soccer and tennis matches can drag on and on. Not so stateside, where basketball and football play by the clock. That's the American way, says commentator Frank Deford, so move it!


Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In a trial underway in California, the NCAA is arguing that college ball players should not be paid. But every coach knows that many players are not typical students, says commentator Frank Deford.


Deford: How To Host A Sports Extravaganza That Won't Break The Bank

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Building new World Cup or Olympics facilities in different cities every several years is just too costly, says commentator Frank Deford. So why not, he asks, try something different?


Go Ahead, Host A Giant Sports Spectacular. But It Will Cost You

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford compares FIFA, the organization that puts on soccer's World Cup, with the International Olympic Committee โ€” and finds both lacking.


College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The city is investing big in its kids, and other cities and states are taking notes.


Will A Triple Crown Win Save Horse Racing? Don't Bet On It

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Many in the horse racing industry are looking to Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome to revive interest in the sport. He wants to believe it, but commentator Frank Deford says that's a fantasy.


Don't Overlook The Unsung Umpire; Referees Can Be Pretty, Too

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In professional sports, it's the players who get all the attention. But commentator Frank Deford says referees, who so often go unnoticed, bring their own style and artistry to their craft.


Don't Judge Exceptional Players By The Company They Keep

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Many of sports history's greatest athletes never led their teams to a championship victory. So why should it be a requirement for basketball stars today?


The Olympics: A Modern Day World's Fair (And Money Magnet)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

World's Fairs still exist, but just two cities bid to host the 2017 Expo. In contrast, seven U.S. cities are vying for the 2024 Olympics, and the games just signed a $7.75 billion deal with NBC.


Draft Season: All-American, Twisted And Downright Infectious

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford discusses what he considers the fifth major sports season โ€” the two-month period when pro football, basketball, baseball and hockey all hold their drafts.


Bad Behavior From A Sports Franchise Owner? That's Not New

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

As the Donald Sterling controversy unfolds, commentator Frank Deford recalls scandals surrounding other team owners, and penalties they did or didn't pay.


Sports Reporting: The Way It Was ... And Is

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford considers a few athletic and cultural standards that have changed over the years.


Despite Everything, Tiger Will Always Be No. 1

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tiger Woods hasn't won a major in six years, and at 38, says commentator Frank Deford, he's past even a golfer's prime years. Still, no one can touch the reigning king of golf.


Time To Root, Root, Root For Final Innings

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A baseball odd couple ends their careers this year: Commissioner Bud Selig and Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter.


Deford: Paying College Athletes Would Level The Playing Field

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The sports commentator renders his verdict on the recent National Labor Relations Board ruling that Northwestern University's football players are employees and have the right to unionize.


The Mystery And History Of Sport's Front Office

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In light of legendary coach Phil Jackson's recent move to the New York Knicks as the organization's president, commentator Frank Deford looks at how the office has evolved (or hasn't).