Inside NFL Football, The Journalist Behind Jackie Robinson, and More

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Friday, November 29, 2013

The men behind the games you see on Sundays, the journalist who played a crucial role in breaking baseball's color barrier,  and a loquacious former NBA star.

The NFL and Player Concussion

Currently, a class-action suit by more than 4,000 former NFL players against the NFL is in the process of being settled. The issue? The players claim the league covered up a link between football and brain damage. Last year, Bob spoke with Mark Waller - the NFL’s Chief Marketing Officer - about public service announcements the league was running last year about head injuries.

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Game Time

The typical televised football game lasts about three hours. But according to a study by The Wall Street Journal, only 11 minutes of that time is actually devoted to live play. Bob Fishman is a game director for CBS Sports, the person who decides what home viewers see and when they see it. In an interview that originally aired in 2010, Fishman explains to Bob how he spends the other two hours and 49 minutes of a broadcast.

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Stats Man

If an NFL announcer sounds like an omniscient know-er of all things football, it's because they've got a stats man in the booth feeding them info. 75-year-old Marty Aronoff is one of the best stats men in the business. Bob talks with Aronoff about stats and his 200 travel days a year getting to games. 

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Lenny Dykstra's Downfall

Former baseball player Lenny "Dude" Dykstra has become a seemingly endless fount of stories for sports reporters who cover scandal. He's been arrested for grand theft auto and drug possession, declared bankruptcy, and been accused of bouncing a check to a prostitute. Philadelphia sports writer Frank Fitzpatrick has been covering Dykstra since before his fall from grace, and in an interview that originally aired in 2011, he talks to Bob about how sports writers can be complicit in the bad behavior of the athletes they cover.

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The Journalist Behind Jackie Robinson

Throughout the more than six-decade celebration of Jackie Robinson's desegregation of baseball, the journalist who brought Robinson's story to the world has remained unknown. In an interview that originally aired in May, Brooke talks to Los Angeles Times sports writer Bill Plashcke, who recently penned a portrait of writer Wendell Smith, who helped secure Robinson's place in American history. 

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A Conversation with Basketball Great Walt "Clyde" Frazier

Basketball Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier has made a successful transition from NBA star to sports broadcaster on the MSG Network. With his cool rhymes and even cooler clothes, Frazier sat down with Brooke for a live event to discuss basketball, broadcasting and the art of being cool in an interview that originally aired in March.

 

NBA on CBS 1970s theme music

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