Frank Deford

Frank Deford appears in the following:

What We Talk About When We Talk About Race And Sports

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford reflects on the owner of the Atlanta Hawks' controversial efforts to market the team to white audiences.


Is The NFL Too Big To Fail?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The NFL has suffered a number of scandals recently, but the sport has emerged relatively unscathed. Commentator Frank Deford asks if anything could change the way Americans feel about football.


The National Anthem, And The National Pastime

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This Sunday marks the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's penning of "The Star-Spangled Banner." As commentator Frank Deford explains, baseball and the national anthem go way back.


You'll Never Walk-Off Alone

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

With baseball's pennant race in full swing, commentator Frank Deford takes a moment to examine an oft-used baseball phrase ... and imagines how sportswriters might apply it to big moments in history.


Golf May Be Too Polite A Sport For Presidential Politics

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

President Obama has been widely criticized for not being combative enough. Commentator Frank Deford says we elected a basketball player, but ended up with a golfer.


Deford: Frankly, Hot Dogs Best Served At The Ballpark

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Forget peanuts and Cracker Jack. Sausages are the food most closely linked to the national pastime, says Frank Deford.


Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Steps Down From Company's Board

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Steve Ballmer, 58, on Tuesday resigned from the software giant's board because of other time consuming commitments including his new ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.


Amateurism's Dying Hour

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Frank Deford says that, with recent legal developments, the stage is set for college athletes to get paid for their performances. Will March Madness ever be the same again?


Are NBA And NFL Rules Bush League?

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford talks about the widely divergent age requirements in American sports leagues, and why there's no true minor league in football or basketball.


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 — 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.