SportsJam

Hosted by Doug Doyle

SportsJam features in-depth interviews with top athletes, coaches, reporters, authors and fans of the sports world. WBGO News and Sports Director Doug Doyle started the award-winning podcast SportsJam in 2008. The Pennsylvania State University graduate is one of the most decorated reporters in New Jersey radio history. SportsJam with Doug Doyle was recently named one of the top sports podcasts in 2017.

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With the Super Bowl coming up this Sunday between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, sports betting is expected to be at an all-time high in states like New Jersey.

 Gov. Phil Murphy signed New Jersey sports betting into law in June of 2018, and the first legal bets were place three days later.

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game.  It was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Boston, MA but last June DraftKings unveiled its new office space in Hoboken, NJ.

Janet Duch
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The New York Guardians are one of eight teams in the newly created XFL.  The American football team will play its home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the same stadium that houses the New York Giants and New York Jets. 

The home opener for the Guardians, coached by former Giants offensive coordinator and former LA Chargers head coach Kevin Gilbride, will be February 9 against the Tampa Bay Vipers at 2pm.

Jimmy Heath
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In 2008, SportsJam host Doug Doyle brought two legendary figures together to talk about how they dealt racial segregation in the Jim Crow Era and well as the synergy between music and baseball.

The late baseball Hall of Famer Monte Irvin joined the conversation from his home in Houston, Texas while iconic saxophist, arranger, composer and 2003 NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath spoke from his home in New York City.

Vic Juris
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The amazing jazz guitarist Vic Juris passed away this morning at the age of 66. 

In 2014, Vic Juris was a guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle where he talked about his love of boxing.  Juris started following the sport when Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) fought Sonny Liston in 1964.  

Lindsay Berra
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Sports journalist Lindsay Berra, the oldest grandchild of Yogi and Carmen Berra, refers to herself as a multi-platform storyteller. 

Having the legendary New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher as a grandfather can prompt lots of great stories and she shares many of them on this edition of SportsJam.

Lindsay Berra and host Doug Doyle met at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State University to talk about her career as both a sportswriter and an athlete, her passions and her famous family.

Army-Navy
USAA

USAA has been a proud sponsor of the Army-Navy Game since 2009.  This year's matchup between the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (Black Knights) and the U.S. Naval Academy (Midshipmen) is set for Saturday, December 14 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

The 2019 Army-Navy Game marks the rivalry's 120th meeting and 89th time played in Philadelphia.

Eric Engquist, USAA Vice President Enterprise Brand Management chats with SportsJam Doug Doyle about the game, his military service and his company's role in a game that dates back to 1890.

Pete Dawkins
Mark Beech

The 2019 Army-Navy Game marks the rivalry's 120th meeting and 89th time played in Philadelphia. 

The Army-Navy Game pits the U.S Military Academy at West Point (Black Knights) against the U.S. Naval Academy (Midshipmen) at Lincoln Financial Field on December 14.

In 2012, former Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins  and author Mark Beech joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about the game and the book When Saturday Mattered Most: The Last Golden Season of Army Football.

Bright Family
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Michael C. Bright, who is the President and CEO Of the YMCA of Newark, is a member of the Bucknell University Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Bright set numerous school and conference records as a member of the Bison basketball team, including most three pointers made in a career with 206 and most steals in a career.  He was the Patriot League player of the year as a senior in 1993. 

Bloomfield College
Bloomfield College

The Bloomfield College Bears basketball team is expected to have another great season, and if last night was any indication, a possible championship one.  The Bears knocked off nationally-ranked St. Anselm 75-67.

Newark native and Bloomfield College senior Safee Abdus-Sabur led the Bears with 29 points.  It was the Bear's defense that locked down the powerful Hawks and kept them under 70 points, a goal for Bloomfield Head Coach Gerald Holmes.  Holmes and his assistant, Gage Daye, have both been SportsJam guests.

Vera Clemente
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Vera Clemente, the widow of legendary baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, passed away on Saturday, November 16 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  She was 78. 

As a Goodwill Ambassador for Major League Baseball, Vera impacted countless children and extended her family’s humanitarian legacy of helping those in need.  She also served as the chairwoman of the Roberto Clemente Foundation.

Vera is survived by three sons: Roberto Jr., Luis Roberto and Roberto Enrique. She actively extended her late husband’s philanthropic legacy long after Clemente’s tragic death on Dec. 31, 1972.

Michael Bapis
Joe Favorito for WBGO News

Michael Bapis has used his sports background to help him give financial advice to many professional athletes and entertainers.  He's the Managing Director for Vios Advisors, the wealth management firm that is part of Rockefeller Capital Management. Vios Advisors specializes in working with high-net-worth individuals and families, preserving and optimizing their wealth.

Goldin Auctions
Goldin Auctions

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is probably the most decorated athlete in history, dominating during his high school days, his amazing 3-time championship career at UCLA and his 20-year, six championship NBA career.

Now Goldin Auctions is offering 48 items from Kareem Abdul Jabbar's personal collection.  Kareem and Frank Dinote, controller with Goldin Auctions, joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle to share memories and talk about the items up for auction through October 19.

Jessica Berman
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The National Lacrosse League (NLL), the largest men’s professional lacrosse league, is preparing for another thrilling season with a new Deputy Commissioner and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs.  Jessica Berman becomes the first woman to hold the title of Deputy Commissioner at any professional sports league in North America.

Berman, who spent 13 years at the National Hockey League, will work closely NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz as the league welcomes two new expansion teams for the 2019-20 season, the New York Riptide and the Rochester Knighthawks.

Kevin Atlas
Varsity Brands

Kevin Atlas, formerly known as Kevin Laue, has become one of the top inspirational speakers in the United States following a basketball career at Manhattan College. 

Atlas, who in 2009 became the first person with one arm to earn a Division I basketball scholarship, teamed up in February of this year with Varsity Brands, the market leader in sport, spirit and achievement to educate students and faculty about the incredible power of "believing in yourself."

Anthony Ashnault
FloWrestling

South Plainfield, New Jersey's Anthony Ashnault always dreamed of being an NCAA national champion in wrestling.  Those dreams became a reality in March of this year when the Rutgers University six-year senior defeated Ohio State's Micah Jordan  9-4 in the 149-pound final of the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ashnault became Rutgers' second national champion.  His victory came less than a hour after his Scarlet Knights teammate, Nick Suriano won the NCAA title at 133 pounds.

Monty Alexander
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Monty Alexander is one of the finest pianists in the world, but he could also be a boxing analyst. 

Monty sat down with host Doug Doyle in 2014 to talk about his love of boxing and his friendships with some of the greats of the ring.  Nearly sixty years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, his hometown, the Grammy nominated pianist is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message.

Mark Spitz
NBC Sports

In 2004, American Mark Spitz was still considered the greatest swimmer of all-time.  Fellow American Michael Phelps would eventually claim that title years later when he won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

In July of 2004, Spitz visited the Montclair YMCA to conduct a clinic.

Spitz is a nine-time Olympic champion and former world record-holder in 7 events. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany.  Spitz set new world records in all seven events in which he competed in 1972.  

Brian Taylor
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Brian Taylor is one of the greatest basketball players to ever come out of New Jersey, still ranked in the Top 25 on the Garden State's high school all-time scoring list.

The "BT Express" was a star at Perth Amboy High School and Princeton University.  He would leave the Tigers program early to join the professional ranks.

Taylor would become the ABA's Rookie of the Year with the New York Nets, a team he helped win two ABA championships alongside Julius "Dr. J." Erving. 

Lizette Salas
Jerry Milani for WBGO

2019 will be an exciting tour season for the LPGA and one of it's top players Lizette Salas.  Salas, who is from Azusa, California, was in New York City recently for a special partnership announcement involving the LPGA and Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions.  

Swet Tailor
Joe Favorito for WBGO News

Officially launched in 2015, Swet Tailor is a premium menswear brand that is defining a new kind of casual.   With strategic planning and knowledge and the endorsement of NFL stars like Carson Wentz and Nick Foles of the Super Bowl Champion Eagles, Swet Tailor is one of the fastest rising men's apparel companies in the U.S. 

The co-owners of Swet Tailor, Adam Bolden and David Kranz, live in Los Angeles, but recently joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle in New York City to talk about their brand, their sports connections and their families.

Ian O'Connor
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Ian O'Connor grew up in Englewood, New Jersey as a Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Roger Staubach fan.  He also graduated from St. Cecilia High School, the same school where the legendary Vince Lombardi coached.

O'Connor is a senior writer at ESPN.com, a nationally-acclaimed columnist and the author of three New York Times bestsellers.  His most recent one is the definitive biography of the NFL's most controversial but successful coach, Bill Belicheck.

SportsJam
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2004 Olympic Boxing Gold Medalist and former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion of the world Andre Ward is the new host the reality boxing series The Contender which started its first episode last week on EPIX.

Andre “Son of God” Ward retired in 2017 after a professional boxing career record of 32-and-0, that’s right he never lost a pro bout.  He's joined on this edition of SportsJam with Doug Doyle by one of the 16 contestants on the show, Newark boxer and artist John Thompson IV.

Mark Di Ionno
WBGO News

Mark Di Ionno is a lifelong journalist who began his career as a sportswriter for the New York Post. Most people know him for his front page columns for The Star Ledger and NJ.com.

Di Ionno's second novel is titled Gods of Wood and Stone. It is published by Touchstone.  Mark Di Ionno is the latest guest on the award-winning podcast SportsJam with Doug Doyle.

Duane Morgan
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Duane Morgan, the former West Orange High School and Adelphi University star is a rising basketball professional in Spain.  This year he’ll be playing for Plasencia in the LEB Plata League where the competition and the crowds are even better.

Morgan's journey to the professional ranks has been one of perserverance fueled by a strong family and passion to succeed. 

Duane Morgan is the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle

Gage Daye
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Gage Daye is still one of the best basketball players in New Jersey and he's involved in three summer leagues.  Daye, a Newark native is doing all that while working as an assistant coach at Bloomfield College, where he's the school's all-time leading scorer.

Daye works for his mentor and current Bloomfield head coach Gerald Holmes.  The two men have great respect for each other on and off the court.

In 2011, Coach Holmes guided his team, that included his star guard Gage Daye, to an NCAA East Region championship and an appearance in the Elite Eight. 

Anne Donovan
nj.com

Not only was Anne Donovan a legendary and pioneering figure in women's basketball, she was also one of the kindest and thoughtful people I have ever met. 

Donovan, a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey who dominated play at Paramus Catholic High school, won Olympic gold as a player and as a coach for the United States.  

Donovan died Wednesday of heart failure.  She was 56.

Nate Burleson
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Former NFL wide receiver Nate Burleson's transition into sports television has been impressive.  Burleson is the co-host of the NFL Network's Good Morning Football and he's also an analyst on CBS' NFL Today.

Burleson sat down recently with SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about his work in television, his NFL career and his family.

Burleson, his wife and children have recently moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Ashley Cole
Jerry Milani for WBGO

Here's the transcript of this edition of SportsJam with Doug Doyle featuring Ashley Cole:

Doug Doyle: We’re here in New York City for this edition of SportsJam, and what a special edition it is. Ashley Cole, the legendary footballer is here to talk to us about a special event coming up right after this interview. You’re heading over to Harlem to dedicate a new field. The kids are going to go crazy when they see Ashley Cole. Tell us how Chelsea F.C. gets involved in community activities like this.

Rafi Kohan
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Author Rafi Kohan spent a year traveling all over the U.S. to give readers a detailed look at the lives of sports arenas.  His new book The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport is published by Liveright.

Kohan talks to SportsJam host Doug Doyle about his fascination with fans and stadiums, as well as what he learned during his trips to places like Lambeau Field, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Beaver Stadium, AT&T Stadium, Prudential Center, Barclays Center and many more.

Ara Parseghian
University of Notre Dame Archives

Legendary Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian, died on Wednesday at age 94. When Parseghian took over at Notre Dame, the Irish were coming off a 2-7 record. In his first season, they finished 9-1 with their only loss to Southern Cal. The program would go on to win two national championships in his 11-year tenure.

One of his more well-known players was Rocky Bleier who was a part of the 1966 National Champion team at Notre Dame. 

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