Sports Across The Board

Sports Across The Board

“Sports Across The Board” features interviews with sports business leaders, media personalities, athletes, and more. Host Gary McKillips is a veteran sportswriter and Atlanta correspondent for Associated Press Radio.

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November 7, 2022 36 min

Dr. Arnie rates Arthur Smith, says  Michael Vick changed the game, talks the role of the offensive line and how it differs in this era of quarterback domination. He also speaks to sports injuries, and concludes with his views on the value of sports in society. Welcome to Episode 16 of Sports Across the Board

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What makes fans do what they do? Can good marketing overcome bad performance on the field? How do community and generational forces affect fan loyaly? How did soccer fans reach such a fever pitch to create riots in the stands and on the field in Indonesia? What did COVID do to fan behavior and overall interest in sports? Mike Lewis, Emory professor, answers these and other questions on this episode of Sports Across the Board with G...

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Learn how Jeff Francouer got the nickname "Frenchy," what he took from his 12 year career in the majors and how he wowed 79 MLB scouts in his audition as a high school player. Hear this candid, close-up interview with Braves broadcaster Jeff Francouer on this epdosde of Sports Across the Board

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As president and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Gary Stokan has his ear to the ground on all that is happening in colege sports. Hear his candid opinions on the lack of leadership in college football, conference realignment and NIL. He also looks at the big Georgia-Orgon and Georgia Tech-Clemson Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games.

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This exclusive interview was  recorded at SEC Media Days at the Omni Hotel. The Omni and the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta hosted the event, which is the unofficial opening of the college football season.

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Braves broadcaster Brian Jordan is one of the few two sports stars in history. He looks back at his time with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons, and he talks about teammates Mark McGwire, Deion Sanders, manger Tony LaRussa and coach Jerry Glanville. Jordan also weighs in on baseball’s current world champions.

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Many universities are changing conferences in football and basketball. They're looking for a pot of gold with respect to increased funding, improved enrollment, better rivalries, and brand development. But Georgia State professor Stephanie Herbst Lucke, a former collegiate All-American herself, says not so fast. Her study finds that in the long run, spending millions to switch conferences may not be worth it for most schools. 

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A 35 year sportswriter and TV columnist in Los Angeles, Larry Stewart talks about his dealings with Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Vin Scully and other sportscasting legends. He relives his meeting with a young Jerry Seinfeld, an older Jim McKay, and New York’s finest, Marv Albert. From sitting in a production truck to golfing with Hall of Fame coach Bill Sharman to dining with leading sports figures in some of L.A.’s most posh eateries,...

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Wes Pritchett, All-American linebacker with Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship team, talks about Lou Holtz, new Irish coach Marcus Freeman, the Dogs national championship and college football’s changing landscape. Would he want to be playing now? What’s he telling his sons, who are highly-touted college football prospects? All this and more from a man who knows and loves football. Welcome to the second season of Sports Across ...

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Al Gold is is a baseball Super Scout and player development director, who signed the likes of Frank Thomas (the Big Hurt),  Kerry Wood and others. He reminisces about his days with the White Sox, Reds, and Mets. He also shares why he thinks today’s game may be in trouble.

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Vin Thompson is CEO of the sports marketing agency, MELT. He's one of the nation’s top college sports authorities. He goes across the board, providing his unique insights on the chaos in college sports. He also weighs in on televised sports events as “the ultimate reality show."

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Fans are returning to sporting events, and that's also true at the high school level. Thanks to the company GoFan, there's a unique ticketing service that makes going to games easier. GoFan CEO B.J. Pilling explains how the service works, the role of paid sponsors, and how this is only the beginning for the GoFan platform.

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Now that an athlete can be paid to endorse products (the NIL rule) what will happen to college sports? And why do fans go gaga over their favorite teams? Host Gary McKillips talks with Emory University marketing professor Mike Lewis on these topics and where Atlanta stands as a major sports city.

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From the NCAA basketball tournament to post-season football bowls , Georgia State University is making its presence known on the national sports landscape. Dave Cohen is GSU's Hall of Fame broadcaster. He tells us what may be next for this burgeoning athletic program. He also looks back on GSU coaching legends Lefty Driesell and Bill Curry, and he previews the upcoming football season which includes games with Army, 11th ranked...

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If golf is your game, or if you merely watch and enjoy, this episode is for you. Fresh off the Masters, Jim Hart of AP Radio and Sirius/XM looks back at Hideki Matsumaya’s victory at Augusta, and he previews the PGA. He also talks about golf’s popularity, TV ratings, and the sport without Tiger Woods. As an added bonus, Jim goes across the board on a proposed eight-to-twelve team college football playoff.

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Terence Moore is national sportswriter, former Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist and TV commentator. He tells host Gary McKillips about his memories covering Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine, the Oakland A’s with Billy Martin, and the Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron.

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