The Cactus League season gets underway at the end of February with 15 Major League Baseball teams playing at 10 facilities in the Phoenix area. Jeff Meyer, president of the Arizona Cactus League Association, will tell us more about the Cactus League, its financial impact and about the chance to see major league players up close.
Get to know Golf Channel analyst, author and Scottsdale resident Brandel Chamblee in the latest Arizona Horizon “In Focus.” We’ll talk to him about why Arizona is such a great golf community, covering the Waste Management Open, and Arizona Horizon host Ted Simons may even get some tips on improving his swing.
The attempted sale of Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has fallen through. The investment company that was considering buying Chase Field says it is withdrawing its offer because of a lack of cooperation from the Diamondbacks. Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal will bring us up to date.
USA Basketball is the team to beat at the Summer Olympics and the team largely credits one man with orchestrating their rise, Jerry Colangelo. We'll talk to Colangelo about how he's turned Team USA basketball into a dominant dynasty.
The U.S. Olympic team is dominating the medal count, and much of that can be credited to a change in a law 40 years ago that promoted more female athletes. We’ll take look at how Title IX helped change the athletic competition landscape not only in Rio but for all female athletes.
The University of Phoenix Stadium, the home of the Arizona Cardinals, is turning 10 years old August 12. Tom Sadler, the president and CEO of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, the public body that owns the stadium, will discuss the history of the stadium, whether it delivered on the promises to Maricopa County voters and how the stadium will remain competitive over the next decade.
Glendale resident Allysa Seely from Glendale is a triathlete who's qualified for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. The 24-year-old is an amputee with a traumatic brain injury. Hear Allysa’s story as we follow her on her training routine.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors are battling over who should pay for improvements at Chase Field. That battle has heated up, with county supervisor Andy Kunasek using some harsh words against the D-Backs. Kunasek will talk about the fight.
The College Football National Championship Game will be held January 11 at the University of Phoenix Stadium January 11. Win Holden, the co-chair of the Arizona Organizing Committee for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, will bring us up to date on preparations for the game and talk about its expected impact.
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that a rental car tax that helps fund the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority will have to be refunded because it was found unconstitutional last summer. That money helps pay for the University of Phoenix Stadium. Peter Corbett of the Arizona Republic will bring us up to date.
It’s been nearly 100 years since the White Sox Scandal, and new information continues to emerge in what’s considered a cold case, not a closed case. Jacob Pomrenke is the web editor for the Society for American Baseball Research, and he’s the editor of the new book “Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox.” Pomrenke will discuss the book and the Black Sox Scandal.
See an exhibit at the Heard Museum that focuses on American Indians and sports. More than 100 works and artifacts reveal tribal contributions to many contemporary sports, particularly in lacrosse. The exhibit features more than 100 works and artifacts.
The Glendale city council decided to go ahead and cancel its arena contracts with the Arizona Coyotes.
But what are the legal ramifications of the city’s move, and what responsibilities do the coyotes have in re-working a contract that’s detrimental to the city? Scottsdale attorney Randy Nussbaum provides context at 5:30.
The Glendale City Council is considering whether to cancel its services management contract and lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes. Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal will bring us up to date.
Fines have been handed down in “Deflategate.” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games and the Patriots were fined $1 million dollars and will lose some draft picks. That’s the punishments for using underinflated footballs in the Pat’s AFC championship win over the Colts earlier this year. Brad Cesmat, CEO of Sports360AZ.com, a sports news platform for Arizona, will talk about this latest episode of cheating in sports and what it means to the sporting world.
The Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl, the College Football Playoff National Championship, the NCAA Final Four, all mega sports events that will be played in the Phoenix area. Brad Wright, co-chair of the Arizona Organizing Committee, the host of the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, will talk about what it takes to get mega sports events in Arizona and what the payoff is.
The Phoenix Metro Area has become a sports mecca, and that is only enhanced by the Super Bowl and the Phoenix Open. Do sports events help our economy bring in new dollars, or does it shuffle money that’s already here? Dennis Hoffman, an economist with Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Jim Rounds, an economist with the Elliott D. Pollack and Company, and economist Byron Schlomach of the Goldwater Institute, will discuss that question from their own perspectives.
Phoenix has been named the host site for the 2017 NCAA Basketball Final Four Tournament. Dawn Rogers, Arizona State University’s senior associate athletic director and chair of the Phoenix Selection Committee and Mark Stanton, Deputy Director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, will discuss the impact of the selection.
Phoenix is among eight finalists to host the 2017-2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball tournaments. Besides providing attention to the city, the events would also bring an economic benefit. NCAA officials will be visiting Phoenix later this month as they make their final decision. Tom Sadler, president and CEO of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, will talk about the effort to get the Final Four in Phoenix.
The Fiesta Bowl has been awarded the 2016 College Football Championship Game. The game will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Robert Shelton, executive director for the Fiesta Bowl, will talk about the acquisition.
For six years, local Public Affairs consultant Robert Johnson has been searching for a home for a Cactus League Hall of Fame. Johnson now has fresh renderings of his proposed facility, and hopes to have a site selected by the end of next year. Johnson will talk about his efforts to create a Cactus League Hall of Fame.
Sociologist Hilary Levey Friedman has written a book titled “Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture.” It looks at the role of after-school competitive activities in future life success. Friedman’s book also examines gender roles in competitive activities. Friedman will talk about her book and concepts.
City of Glendale officials met Tuesday with National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and executives from a Canadian business group that is interested in buying the Phoenix Coyotes. Arizona Republic Reporter Paul Giblin with give us an update.
A new report reveals the cost to operate the Coyotes Home Arena, Jobbing.Com Arena, is millions less than the Glendale City Council was willing to pay potential operators. Paul Giblin of the Arizona Republic tells us more.
Every year, the Cactus League allows Arizona residents to get a close-up view of their favorite baseball stars and pumps millions of dollars into the economy from visitors who come to see the teams play. Cactus League President Mark Coronado will tell us more about the Cactus League, which gets underway this week.
Title-9 celebrates its 40th anniversary. Head coach of ASU's Women's Basketball Team Charli Turner Thorne, talks about the landmark legislation. Video clip of Ann Meyers Drysdale, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, speaks about Title-9.
For the past 20 years, every major league baseball team has sent its top prospects to Arizona for further player development in the Arizona Fall League. Learn more about the history and purpose of the league from the longtime baseball executive who’s credited as its architect, Roland Hemond. In 2011, Hemond was awarded the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors.
Glendale City Attorney Craig Tindall explains why the city rejected petitions calling for a referendum on the City’s arena lease deal with a potential buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes, and where the City goes from here.
The NHL has announced a preliminary agreement to sell the Phoenix Coyotes to a group of buyers led by former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison. Phoenix Business Journal reporter Mike Sunnucks explains what must happen to formalize the agreement.
The BCS has recommended a four-team championship series to replace the current controversial system to determine a champion in college football. Robert Shelton, Executive Director of the Fiesta Bowl, will talk about the new plan and how the Fiesta Bowl may be involved.
As the Phoenix Coyotes try to advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, an ownership group is attempting to buy the team from the NHL and keep it in Arizona. Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal has the latest developments in this story.
Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall talks about the home team and their surprising success from last year, the high expectations for the upcoming season and the record-breaking numbers of last month's Spring Training.
On March 6th Social Venture Partners is holding its "2nd Annual Fast Pitch Social Innovation Expo." It’s the culmination of a seven-week training and mentoring program for innovative nonprofits that are effecting social change. Finalists have three minutes to make a “pitch” that could earn their nonprofit $100,000 in funding. SVP Executive Director Terri Wogan talks about the program.
The Arizona SciTech Festival has over 250 events statewide. One upcoming event takes a look at the science of baseball. Arizona State University Psychology Professor Michael McBeath will talk about the SciTech event, “Spring Training Festival: The Mad Science of Baseball.”
Oklahoma State’s thrilling overtime victory over Stanford was just what the Fiesta Bowl needed as the organization continues to repair its reputation that was tarnished by scandal. The Fiesta Bowl’s new executive director Robert Shelton explains what the organization is doing to win the public’s trust.
Now in its 20th season, the Arizona Fall League has been preparing Major League Baseball’s hottest minor league prospects to move up to the big leagues. AFL Executive Director Steve Cobb talks about the league’s first two decades.