Frank Deford

Frank Deford appears in the following:

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).


There's A Reason They Call It Madness

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

As March Madness gets underway, commentator Frank Deford wonders if Americans just have too many teams to root for.


In Sports, There's No Such Thing As A Bad Hustle

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Outside of sport, the word "hustle" has a negative connotation: A hustle is a scam; a hustler a flimflam man. But in the world of sports, says commentator Frank Deford, you can never hustle too much.


A Star Tennis Coach And The End Of The All-Around Athlete

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

It's not just his long career that sets apart tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, just accepted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. It's how he transformed the way we raise our athletic children.


It's Time To Shrink Home Plate

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford has a modest proposal to make baseball more interesting: cut an inch and a half off each side of home plate. It'd lead to a better game to both play and watch, he says.


To Liven Up NFL Pregame Shows, Take A Cue From 'The View'?

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Sunday pregame shows feature interchangeable ex-players and ex-coaches saying the same banal things, one after another. But on female-centered shows, observes Frank Deford, the hosts actually argue, hash things out, laugh and generally behave like flesh-and-blood human beings.