Only A Game

Bill Littlefield

There’s the sports world and there’s the rest of the world; NPR® brings them together on Only A Game.

An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, Only A Game is radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider. Produced by WBUR in Boston, Only A Game puts sports in perspective with intelligent analysis, insightful interviews and a keen sense humor.

The hour-long program is characterized by Littlefield’s exceptional writing and affable personality. Only A Game tells the stories behind the box scores, including the explosion of interest in women’s sports, competitive opportunities for the disabled and the business of sports — as well as who wins and who loses.

Guests on Only A Game have included writers John Updike, Robert Pinsky and Roger Angell; commentators Bud Collins and Tim Kurkjian; current and former athletes Muhammad Ali, Kristine Lilly, former Sen. Bill Bradley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; and coaches Pat Summit and Geno Auriemma.

From Little League to the Big Leagues, from the Super Bowl to Soccer Moms, Only A Game is sports — NPR style.

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Podcasts

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014 6:55am
    Stories from this broadcast: After Recent Failures, USOC Will Bid For 2024 Summer Olympics; Andrew Luck Redefines NFL ‘Trash’ Talking; Long, Cold Winter Ahead For Edmonton Oilers; Eyeing Title, Dallas Mavericks Add Rajon Rondo; Four-Time NBA Champ Horace Grant On Jordan, Kobe And Winning; Golf: China’s ‘Forbidden Game’; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Panther Girl: The Wrestler Who Escaped Murder; Hong Kong’s ‘Hedge Fund Fight Nite’
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:50pm
    Bill Littlefield reflects on a remarkable World War I ceasefire that featured a soccer game between German and British troops.
  • Saturday, December 13, 2014 7:33am
    Stories from this broadcast: ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Protests Reach Pro Sports; For College Football, It’s Finally Playoff Time; The Chicago Cubs: The New NL Central Favorites?; Would NHL Be Offsides In Las Vegas?; 3 — 2 — 1 — ROCstock! Crashing A Mojave Desert Rocket Launch Party; ‘Chase Your Shadow’ Details Pistorius’ Life, Trial; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; P.K. Subban: Montreal’s Talented, Trash-Talking Star; The 22nd Only A Game Holiday Gift Guide
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:13pm
    "A mad indulgence and a glorious spectacle" — hosting the Olympic Games can bring a city both prestige and problems. Bill Littlefield believes the representatives of cities vying to host the 2024 Summer Games should recognize both sides.
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014 7:33am
    Stories from this broadcast: MLS Cup Preview: Revolution Vs. Galaxy; Controversial Science: Football Helmets And Concussions; Scandal Surrounds Tampa Homeless Hiring Program Linked To Pro Teams; Remembering Jean Beliveau: Canadiens Icon Dies At 83; Bellarmine University Basketball’s Most Faithful Fan; Perry Wallace’s Success And Struggles As SEC’s First Black Basketball Player; News Of The Week With Charlie Pierce; Something’s Fishy: Bass Fishing’s History Of Cheating; George Foreman III Making A Name For Himself Outside The Ring