from Keeping Score:

In defense of kids playing football

June 2, 2016
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Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner Little Scholars, talks about the increased focus on concussions in the sport, and how his youth organization deals with the controversy around it. He also talks about his group’s efforts to grow the sport internationally and explains why he believes cheerleading should be considered a sport. Plus, my thoughts on the Oakland Raiders’ stadium situation and the possibility of a tax break for playing golf, in this week’s episode of the Keeping Score podcast with Rick Horrow.

from Viewsroom:

Viewsroom: Apple, Facebook and Uncle Sam should just say “no”

May 27, 2016

An executive at the iPhone maker proposed a bid for Time Warner, a move that would have been at odds with Apple founder Steve Jobs’ recipe for success: Reject “1,000 ideas” and focus on the very few excellent ones. Aging smartphones, a tepid stock price and a pile of idle cash, however, could make the mediocre look awfully tempting.

from Keeping Score:

Shane Battier’s plan to pay college athletes

May 27, 2016

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Former NBA and NCAA basketball champion Shane Battier details his idea for how to compensate college athletes for the money they make their universities. Plus, he discusses the importance of team work – and what it was like to play on a team with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Also, the Super Bowl returns to Los Angeles and virtual reality companies team up with sports franchises in this edition of our podcast Keeping Score with Rick Horrow.

from War College:

Will there be war in the South China Sea?

May 20, 2016

If you’re looking for a place on the globe likely to spark a world war, you could do worse than the South China Sea. The United States, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan all have claims there. China is building artificial islands and the U.S. Navy is patrolling close by.  There have been confrontations at sea and in the air. This week on War College, we’re looking at this global sore spot and asking just how heated is the situation likely to get.

from Keeping Score:

Improving the fan experience with technology

May 20, 2016

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The head of IBM’s sports and entertainment practice, Jim Rushton, talks about fan-centric design. From dealing with traffic to parking issues to where to find a hot dog once inside the stadium, he explains how technology can play a role in making your visit more enjoyable. Plus, Chelsea of the English Premier League scores with Nike and Jordan Spieth continues to score with all of his sponsors on this week’s Keeping Score with Rick Horrow podcast.

from Breakingviews:

The Exchange podcast: Brian Wilson’s good vibes

May 13, 2016

The Beach Boys founder and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer took a break from his "Pet Sounds" 50th anniversary world tour to talk about the iconic album. Wilson shares his studio memories, discusses the pain of writing a new autobiography and offers perspective on music technology.

Meet the women who went in with the Navy SEALs in Afghanistan

May 12, 2016

It’s only this year that U.S. women have officially be allowed to take combat roles.  That’s officially.

from Viewsroom:

Viewsroom: Ultimate Fighting, Uber drivers and fintech

May 12, 2016


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Mixed martial arts' premier promoter may be on the block for as much as $4 billion, putting it in some pricey company. Live sports events are what TV and cable viewers most want to see, though, and therein lies a lesson for the likes of fading ESPN and parent Disney.

from Keeping Score:

Yao Ming and China’s Team

May 12, 2016


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Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown talks about how the basketball team became a favorite in China even before Yao Ming came to play there. He also discusses the changing media landscape and its impact on the NBA. Plus, my thoughts on who may be smiling the most after Stephen Curry won another NBA MVP award and a new way to sell sports tickets -- all on this week’s Keeping Score with Rick Horrow.

What does it mean to be a modern spy?

May 6, 2016

The days of spy vs. spy in the Cold War are long gone. Not only have enemies changed, but their methods and how they can be monitored have also developed. So what is the role of a human spy in today’s conflicts?