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The Invention That Changed March Madness

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender Podcast!

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The Takeaway

The Mobile Tool for NCAA Maniacs: Nailbiter Bot

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sign up for the Nailbiter Bot to get alerts when a men's or women's NCAA tournament game is close with under 3:00 left.

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The Takeaway

N.C.A.A. Trial Takes on Future of College Athletics

Monday, June 09, 2014

The trial begins today in the case of Ed O’Bannon vs. the N.C.A.A., a legal dispute that may have longstanding implications for the lucrative world of division I college sports.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

College Football on the Brink

Friday, April 25, 2014

Northwestern football players vote today on whether they want to unionize, while the NCAA met yesterday to make some key decisions about the future structure of big-money sports. We discuss a key moment for the future of college athletics with Jeremy Fowler, College Football Insider for CBSSports.com.

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The Takeaway

Could the NCAA Union Ruling Help Women's Teams?

Friday, March 28, 2014

College sports are in the spotlight after a landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board determined that athletes on Northwestern University's football team have the right to unionize. But the ruling could also mean more money for women's teams.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Vick to the Jets; College Athletes as Employees?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Jane McManus, reporter for ESPN New York, takes calls from Jets fans on a controversial new member of Gang Green: Michael Vick. The quarterback, who served prison time on charges related to running a dog-fighting ring, has displayed good behavior of late. Plus, we talk about the implications of the ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that football players at Northwestern University are employees of the school and can form a union and bargain collectively.

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The Takeaway

Pay-for-Play: Should College Athletes Be Unionized?

Monday, February 03, 2014

A group of football players at Northwestern University are attempting to organize and join a labor union. It’s the latest move in the complicated relationship between the NCAA and its athletes, some of whom believe they should be payed and protected as workers. Joe Nocera, columnist for our partner The New York Times, says these student athletes should be able to form a union. Former NCAA athlete Ibrahim Abdul-Matin agrees. Ibrahim is a former linebacker at the University of Rhode Island and an NCAA scholar-athlete.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Controversy and the Future of Rutgers

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

At a contentious town hall forum yesterday, Rutgers President Robert Barchi took questions about the lingering controversy over abuses by basketball coach Mike Rice, and his plans to merge the school with other New Jersey campuses. Governor Christie defended Barchi's response to the Rice scandal. Karen Cerulo, professor of sociology at Rutgers University and Terri Langford, investigative reporter at New Jersey Public Radio, discuss where faculty and students think the university should go next.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Coaches Crossing the Line

Friday, April 05, 2013

This week Rutgers fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice after a video surfaced that showed him shoving players and using homophobic slurs. Have you ever been pushed around by leaders such as coaches or drill sergeants? Is this behavior ever an effective motivational tool? Where do you think the line should be drawn? Call us at 212-433-9692 or post your comment below.

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Freakonomics Radio

How Money Is March Madness?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The NCAA basketball tournament grabs a lot of eyeballs, but turning them into dollars hasn't always been easy -- even when the "talent" is playing for free.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Assessing Mayor Bloomberg's Impact on the Economy

Friday, March 15, 2013

Over his 11 years as mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg has pushed for economic development, immigration reform, public health initiatives and gun control, among other issues. 

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The Takeaway

Reacting to Penn State's NCAA Penalties

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

We already know the impact that recent NCAA penalties will have on the Penn State football program, but how will they affect the Penn State community?

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The Takeaway

Are the Sanctions Against Penn State a "Death Sentence"?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Do the penalties put upon the Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal amount to a “death penalty”? That’s what many are reporting one day after NCAA president Mark Emmert imposed a $60 million dollar fine and barred the team from bowl games for four years.

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The Takeaway

NCAA Announces Penalties Against Penn State University

Monday, July 23, 2012

This morning the NCAA announced massive penalties against Penn State University due to their handling of the child sexual abuse scandal involving the former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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The Takeaway

Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt's Legacy

Thursday, April 19, 2012

On Wednesday, University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt stepped down from her job, ending a 38-year career. The move came less than a year after she received a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Kellie Harper played on three national championship squads at Tennessee. She now coaches women's basketball at North Carolina State where she says Coach Summitt remains an inspiration for her every day.

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The Takeaway

March Madness Down to Kentucky and Kansas

Monday, April 02, 2012

Tonight, Kansas and Kentucky face off in New Orleans for the NCAA Championship. Over the weekend, Kentucky beat Louisville in an intra-state match while Kansas rallied against Ohio State to win 64-62. Today two super-fans argue their case for each team. Kim Parks roots for Kentucky, and she's ready to defend the Wildcats against Mark Domitrovich, a Kansas Jayhawks fan. Also with us for NCAA analysis and more on the latest in sports news is Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Takeaway sports contributor.

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The Takeaway

March Madness Economics

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

There's a lot of money to be made off March Madness. At $122 billion, the amount of spending the NCAA's annual basketball tournament generates is equal to Iceland's GDP. That total includes $614 million in TV advertising, $300 million in NCAA merchandise, and $185 million in corporate sponsorship. So why aren't the athletes paid?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Joe Nocera on the NCAA, Fracking and Wall Street

Friday, March 16, 2012

Joe Nocera, op-ed columnist for The New York Times and WNYC contributor, discusses his proposal to fix college sports. Plus, continued conversations on fracking and the culture of Wall Street. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NCAA and Its Discontents

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As "March Madness" gets underway, Steve Wieberg, USA Today sports reporter, looks at the state of college athletics and calls for reform at the NCAA.

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The Takeaway

The Life, Death, and Legacy of Joe Paterno

Monday, January 23, 2012

Joe Paterno, the most successful coach in major college football history, the face of Penn State University, and at one point, among the most admired figures in the entire sporting world, is dead at the age of 85. News of Paterno’s death from lung cancer came early Sunday morning. At the center of one of the worst scandals to ever hit the sports world, what JoePa's legacy will be, once the dust clears, is up to more people than just Lions fans.

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