Sports Wars

Sports Wars

Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic battles? From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars”, “Gladiator” and “The Lead” comes SPORTS WARS, a new series that offers an immersive look at some of the greatest athletic rivalries of all time: two superpower nations facing off in the Miracle on Ice. The battle for the starting quarterback gig in Green Bay between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. And many more. Host Dan Rubenstein (Sports Illustrated, SB Nation) will take you from the grudge matches to the pranks, from the tantrums to the triumphs: what really happened, who was right, who was wrong -- and you can decide whose side you’re on.... Show More

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October 15, 2020 5 min

Each year, over ten million students in the United States apply to college. The SAT and ACT were designed to help standardize the college admissions process. But today, they are fraught with accusations of discrimination and fraud. The question is: would the tests be a gateway for many, or the elite few? We’ll unpack all of that and more in the newest Wondery Plus exclusive season of Business Wars: SAT vs ACT.

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In 2007, NBA referee Tim Donaghy was arrested for betting on games he officiated. It was the biggest scandal in American sports history, but it quickly faded from the headlines. Why? Because everyone in this scandal has something to hide. This isn't a story about basketball - it's a story about money, and a conspiracy that spans far beyond one referee. Sports journalist Tim Livingston takes you inside his eight-year odyssey...

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In the final season of Sports Wars, prepare to enter the Octagon with bitter rivals, Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, two of the fiercest UFC fighters out there. Both are notorious for their intense battles, infamous pre-fight feuds and a willingness to say or do anything to beat a hated rival. But, once they’re inside the octagon, only one can emerge victorious. Pick a side, the fight is here.

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The Globetrotters become a corporate hot potato. They're sold and resold, with little concern for the team's pioneering heritage. But that changes when an ex-player steps in. He has deep pockets—and a big plan to restore the Globetrotters’ legacy.

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The Globetrotters land a new star. But then, their fortune takes a turn for the worse. Abe heads to the hospital, and soon, the team has to reinvent itself.

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The Globetrotters have become America’s basketball team. But already, they're starting to unravel. Players are tired of their second-class status. Tired of all the unfair treatment they have to put up with. And as they turn against the team’s owner, their future remains in serious doubt.

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The Globetrotters face off against their biggest rival, the Harlem Renaissance. But as they emerge in the national spotlight, the Trotters will confront an even larger challenge: a divided America, and a decade that changes the country.

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Before LeBron, and before MJ—before Magic, Bird, and even Bill Russell, basketball was defined by one name. Globetrotters. The Harlem Globetrotters would go on to change the world. But in the beginning, the squad faced an uphill battle. They were an upstart touring team, trying to become a profitable sports organization. Yet few Americans considered basketball a sport worth watching. And the Globetrotters struggled to gain a footin...

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Rennae Stubbs is a six-time Grand Slam champ, and a winner of almost a thousand professional tennis matches. Stubbs, who's now a tennis commentator for ESPN, sits down with Dan to discuss the Williams sisters—what makes them unique forces in the history of tennis, and what it's like to play against them.

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Serena has become a role model. A sports icon. But now, she’ll have to bear the weight of success—all on her own.

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Serena’s competitive streak starts to boil over. And with a strain now between them, Venus and Serena embark on a very different path.

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When Serena Williams looks across the court, she doesn’t see her sister Venus. Instead, she sees her biggest competition. It’s a shift that not only alters their matches, but changes the Williams family itself.

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Serena Williams won't accept second place. But there’s someone standing in her way. To be the best, Serena will have to take down another star player—her sister Venus.

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They’re legends. Records breakers. Stars who’ve dominated the biggest stages in tennis. Yet Serena and Venus Williams rose to fame under some of the most unlikely circumstances. And the two would not only face off against the tennis establishment. They’d have to struggle through a complicated sibling rivalry.

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The 2001 World Series will forever be remembered as the time baseball—in some small way—helped New Yorkers heal from the terrorist attacks of September 11. In this historic series, the Yankees went head to head with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Our guest is Joe Garagiola Jr., who was then the general manager of the Diamondbacks. Garagiola joins Dan to share some behind-the-scenes stories from that incredible run. He also reflects on t...

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The Yankees have rallied their way to a fourth consecutive World Series appearance. But they face the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks, a team determined to write its own history. It’s now crunch time for the Yankees. And they’ll have to fight for a title—under the most dramatic circumstances imaginable.

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Derek Jeter and the Yankees are hard at work. But that work is off the field, as the Bronx Bombers try to help New York City recover from the terrorist attacks of September 11. One way to help? Pull off a historic comeback in the playoffs, and make it to the World Series. It’s one of the greatest tests the team will face.

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For the last twelve years, John Franco has been living a dream. The 40-year-old relief pitcher is playing ball for the Mets, in his hometown of New York City. But everything changes for Franco, his teammates, and the country on the morning of September 11, 2001. And in the days that follow, the Mets, led by Franco and Mike Piazza, will do their part to help America heal from a national tragedy.

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Joe Hall is hockey's first true enforcer. Hall, the Canadiens' star player, has already notched three championships with his rough playing style. But in his final run for a Stanley Cup title, the 37-year-old faces a new, deadly opponent on the ice. And as Hall fights for a championship, he’ll endure the biggest test of his life—and one of the most unusual Stanley Cup finals in hockey history.

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Jack Dempsey is ready to fight. The boxer has been called a draft dodger. Unpatriotic. Upper crust. And his shot at public redemption? That’s gotten pushed back, all because of a mysterious new flu. All Dempsey wants is to hop in the ring with his next opponent, Battling Levinsky. The question is, what will the fight cost Dempsey—and the fans who turn up to watch the brawl?

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