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An ear-piercing, speed-thrilling, stock car pursuit is the most lucrative spectator sport in America, taking in $3 Billion a year in corporate sponsorships, more than double that of the NFL.  The sport's  premier governing body... more
Officially called the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game”, the first Super Bowl was less super and more scrimmage.  more
A remote South Pacific island with a sheep population four times greater than humans has produced the world's most successful rugby union squads for over a century.  more
From sports, to fashion, to collectibles- the athletic shoe has seen it all.  Today’s subculture craze for celebrity sneakers has spawned a lucrative reseller market below the radar of  most older adults.  more
The NHL turns 100 this year but as we are often reminded, tradition doesn’t come easy in a world driven by dollars and cents.  Of the 122 teams comprising the four majors- NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB- only 12 original franchises have survived... more
Basketball’s long-range shooting stars owe their celebrity status to a sports team entrepreneur they never met and a defunct league they never played in.  Though the three-point shot was adopted by the NBA in 1979, it was first introduced in 1961... more
Street gangster, prize fighter and war hero, Barney Ross’ greater than life story was unmatched inside and outside the ring.  Born Dov-Ber Rosofsky in 1909, his dreams of becoming a Talmudic scholar were shattered when his father... more
Today’s scantily-clad cheerleading beauties started off as college boys howling into megaphones trying to galvanize school spirit at football games.  The first known school chant originated in the 1880’s by a pep squad at... more
The bygone Soviet era of the 1950’s & 60’s produced the most successful Olympian in modern history, that is until Michael Phelps touched the swimming pool wall at the 2012 London games to win his 19th medal.  more
1980's and 90's Colombia was ravaged by an endless cycle of narco-violence, yet in the midst of this deadly scourge soccer thrived and enjoyed a golden era.  The unlikely catalyst- laundered drug money that... more
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10 years ago

OLYMPICS October 2, 2009  Rio de Janeiro is awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, beating out other favored bids from Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago. Over 11,000 athletes from 207 countries participated in 28 different sports. It was the first Olympics held in South America and the 2nd in Latin America; Mexico hosted the games in 1968.

20 years ago

BASKETBALL October 12, 1999  Former basketball star Wilt Chamberlain dies of heart failure at the age of 63. The 7’1” Chamberlain was a Harlem Globetrotter in the late 1950s before joining the NBA to play for the Warriors, 76ers, and Lakers. One of the greatest in the sport, he is the only player in NBA history to score 100 points in a single game.

30 years ago

FOOTBALL October 2, 1989  Art Shell becomes the first African-American Head Coach in the NFL’s modern era. Shell played for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders from 1968-82 before becoming the team’s Assistant Coach and then Head Coach. Shell later led the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons and compiled a career coaching record of 56-52.

40 years ago

BASEBALL October 6, 1979  The Baltimore Orioles take the American League series championship by defeating the California Angels 3-1. It was the Angels’ first post-season trip in franchise history. With Manager Earl Weaver at the helm, the Orioles clinched their 6th pennant race but would lose to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series 4-3.