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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  • Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:23am
    Stories from this broadcast: NFL Season Preview With Gregg Doyel; Can Timberwolves Get Better Without Kevin Love?; For Kansas City Royals’ G.M., Patience Pays Off; Is It Time For Tennis To Get Loud?; Jermaine Jones And The Bizarre Rules Of MLS; Football Unites Rival High Schools In ‘We Could Be King’; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Oakland Ends 80-Year Ban On Pinball; Fast Cars And Homework: NASCAR’s 15-Year-Old Rising Star
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:24pm
    How many concussions is too many? Bill Littlefield hopes that Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is asking himself that question.
  • Saturday, August 23, 2014 7:23am
    Stories from this broadcast: Blaring Music And A Haz-Mat Suit: Life At Ohio State After Braxton Miller; Eugenie Bouchard: The Next Star Of Women’s Tennis?; Inequality, Debt Hold Spanish Soccer Back; Little League World Series Puts Kids In Bright Spotlight; 7,985 Miles From Williamsport: Hong Kong Plays Little League; ‘The Opening Kickoff’ Reveals Parallels Between Football’s Early Years And Today; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Dick Bavetta, The NBA’s Iron Ref, Retires After 2,635 Consecutive Games; Popping Wheelies And Busting Tires At The Lawnmower Demolition Derby
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 3:39pm
    With the Little League World Series championship this Sunday, Bill Littlefield reflects on "America's Pastime," which each year seems to become less and less of a pastime for young ballplayers.
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014 9:53pm
    Stories from this broadcast: Why Are NFL Joint Training Camps On The Rise?; No Quarterback, No Problem For Alabama?; As Culture Shifts, Gay Games 9 Looks To The Future; Making Racing Safer In The Wake Of Kevin Ward’s Death; ‘Power Soccer’ Puts Wheelchair Athletes Into The Game; ‘Football’ Collects Writing From All Sides Of Gridiron; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Why Olympic Skiers And Snowboarders Are Training In The Ocean; Ancient Game Of Lawn Bowls Adds New Chapter In Glasgow