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.

DRL

The Drone Racing League is entering its 5th season with tens of millions of fans all around the world now enjoying the competition.  DRL is the global, professional drone racing property for elite pilots.

Rachel Jacobson, a graduate of Cornell University and Middletown South High School in New Jersey, became President of the DRL in April of 2020 and has led the league to new heights in marketing, partnerships and strategies.

Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame radio play-by-play announcer Mike Lange is taking a cautious approach to returning to the broadcast booth for the new NHL season.  It will be Lange's 46th season.

The Penguins announced earlier this month the 72-year old Lange will sit out the beginning of the 2021 season as a precatuion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MLB

For the sixth year in a row, MLB Network's Coordinating Producer and New Jersey resident Jed Tuminaro has directed the official MLB World Series film. "2020 World Series Champions: LA Dodgers" featured a dramatic Dodgers victory over the Tampa Bay Rays during the coronavirus pandemic.

From his home in Chatham, NJ, Tuminaro joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle for a zoom chat about the challenges of covering the World Series during an unprecedented season.

Netflix/Doug Doyle

Netflix's new hit miniseries The Queen's Gambit has boosted the sales of chess and is yet another showcase for actor Bill Camp.  Camp plays the role of Mr. Shaibel who teaches a young girl the rules of the game and quickly learns Beth (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a natural and could become a top-notch player.

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The 121st Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA is coming up this Saturday, December 12 at Michie Stadium on the campus at West Point for the first time since 1943, a game that Navy won 13-0.  The game will be televised by CBS.

4-time Super Bowl champion Rocky Bleier, who was injured as an Army Specialist in the Vietnam War, joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about "America's Game" that symbolizes service and sacrifice.

Simon & Schuster

National Baseball Hall of Fame sportswriter, columnist and author Bill Madden says his latest work Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life (Simon & Schuster) is probably the most personal book he's ever written.

The former New York Daily News sportswriter joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about his unique relationship with the greatest player to ever wear a Mets uniform.

While many beat reporters found Seaver to be arrogant, Madden established a close relationship with the Mets righthander later in his career.

Eric Drath
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Two-time Emmy Award-winning director, writer and executive producer Eric Drath has done it again.  His latest documentary airing Friday, December 4 at 9pm on Showtime is titled Macho: The Hector Camacho Story.  See the trailer here.

Drath, born and raised in New York City, is the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle where he talks about his inspiring but tragic in-depth look at one of boxing's all-time greatest fighters and showmen.

Natalie Hinds and Lia Neal
Jerry Milani and Doug Doyle

Natalie Hinds and Lia Neal, two of the greatest swimmers in U.S. history, are competing for the Cali Condors in the International Swimming League (ISL) which is taking place in the "Budapest Bubble", the Dunn Arena in Hungary.  

The two African-American standouts join SportsJam host Doug Doyle from Hungary for this special edition of the podcast.  The video version of the show can be seen here.

Jerry Izenberg
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Newark native and legendary sports writer Jerry Izenberg is already in 16 Halls of Fame but he had never written a novel, until now.  

In a Zoom chat from his Henderson, Nevada home, Izenberg spoke to SportsJam host Doug Doyle about his new novel After The Fire: Love and Hate in the Ashes of 1967 (Admission Press) and share some treasured stories about growing up in Newark, watching the Newark Bears play baseball at Ruppert Stadium and the day he surprised Don King during a dispute with the legendary boxing promoter.

Jim Overmyer
Jim Overmyer

Jim Overmyer is a baseball history author who specializes in the Negro Leagues.  In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, Overmyer is out with two new books this year.

In April of 2020, Overmyer released an updated version of Queen of the Negro Leagues: Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles.  Earlier this year he wrote Cum Posey of the Homestead Grays: A Biography of the Negro Leagues Owner and Hall of Famer.

Kevin Kane
Kevin Kane

The 100th anniversary of Negro Leagues Baseball is being celebrated this year, especially by two men who mutually respect each other's talents and passions.

The latest guests on SportsJam with Doug Doyle are New York-based musician, playwright and educator Kevin Kane and Black Baseball author and historian Dr. Lawrence Hogan. Hogan is also a Professor Emeritus of History at Union County College.

Peter Alson
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The Only Way To Play It is Peter Alson's first novel, but the former professional poker player has been writing books for a long time and has contributed articles to Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Esquire, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone.

Alson has also launched his own publishing company Arbitrary Press which simultaneously reissued his first book, Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie, under a new title, The Vig.

Eric Johnson
EGF

Earlier this month the Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF) and the BIG EAST Conference announced a three-year agreement that will enable all 11 member schools to compete in a year-long multi-game season for the first time as official EGF Collegiate league members.  

On this edition on SportsJam,  EGF CEO Eric Johnson joins host Doug Doyle to talk about the growing popularity of Esports on campuses and how this latest agreement will impact students and schools in the area.

VKTRY
VKTRYgear.com

Backed by 10 years of research, VKTRY is the world's first high performance insole, scientifically proven to help athletes run faster, jump higher and train smarter.

VKTRY CEO Steve Wasik is the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle.

Denis Hamlett
RBNY

New York Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett has come a long way from the 10-year old who left Costa Rica to move to the United States to live with his mother in Silver Spring, Maryland.  

Hamlett joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about his participating in this week's national mini-pitch effort.  The first mini-pitches honoring Black Players for Change (BPC) were unveiled at West Side High School in Newark.

Donnie Shell
Pro Football Hall of Fame

Dedication to Community (D2C) has added 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and Pittsburgh Steelers great Donnie Shell as its Executive Advisor to its rapidly growing Sports Division.

Shell, nicknamed "The Torpedo" by his late Steelers teammate Dwight White, played on some of the greatest defensive teams in NFL History and is a four-time Super Bowl Champion.  He also made just as much impact during his 15 years in player development with the Carolina Panthers.  

Scott Rochelle
Scott Rochelle

Scott Rochelle has been the President and CEO of the National Basketball Retired Players Association since March 2018, after serving one year as an Interim.  Rochelle is also the host of the popular NBA Alumni- produced podcast.

In his role as President and CEO, Rochelle oversees the Retired Players Association’s day-to-day operations, including securing new cutting-edge partnerships for former players to thrive and prosper.

Dan Schlossberg
Doug Doyle for SportsJam

Dan Schlossberg, who grew up in Passaic, New Jersey and now lives in Fairlawn, NJ, is one of the premier baseball experts and is an award-winning baseball and travel journalist.

Dan and SportsJam host Doug Doyle got together in Clifton, NJ for this edition to discuss Sclossberg's latest book titled The New Baseball Bible: Notes, Nuggets, Lists and Legends from Our National Pastime (Skyhorse Publishing).

Jené Elzie
Jené Elzie

Jené Elzie is the Chief Growth Officer for Athletes First Partners and has more than two decades of experience as a global sports and entertainment executive. Elzie, a former All-American gymnast at Stanford University, is charged with developing and implementing growth strategies across international and other non-traditional revenue streams for the agency.

Prior to A1 Partners, Jené served as Vice President of International Marketing for the NBA, where she oversaw the league's marketing endeavors oustide of the U.S.

Famer
Famer

Rich Abend is the CEO of Famer, a mobile app which is an interactive cloud-based youth sports platform that has been finding a solution for parents trying to solve what to do with their time during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.  

Famer accomplishes that goal through partnership with group like US Sports camps and the NBPA.

Abend joined SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about Famer and how the mentorship platform application is helping coaches and clubs reach kids and their parents more effectively.

Spike Doyle
Doug Doyle for WBGO

Francis "Spike" Doyle, Jr. is the reason that this host became a sports fan and played high school sports in Western Pennsylvania.

My dad passed away in his sleep next to his loving wife Josie on May 29, 2020 at the age of 90.   

His wonderful life was honored in Delmont, PA with a military sendoff than included a gun salute and bagpipes.

Student Player
studentplayer.com

While College athletics are on hold right now because of the coronavirus pandemic, some major decisions are still looming when it comes to paying college athletes for their name, image and likeness.

California and Colorado have already passed laws that take effect January 2023 that essentially create an open market for student athletes to be able to benefit from their name, image and likeness.  New Jersey and New York are strongly considering similar possibilities.

Strat-O-Matic
strat-o-matic.com

 Strat-O-Matic began as a company in 1961, when Hal Richman, a Bucknell University mathematics student, began selling an early version of his baseball tabletop game out of his basement.  

Next February, Strat-O-Matic celebrates it's 60th annivery as the multi-platform leaders in sports simulation games for professional baseball, football, basketball, hockey and college football.

Hal's son Adam Richman is the President of Strat-O-Matic and is the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle.

Mariano Rivera
Topp 2020

Topps began humbly as a family gum business in Brooklyn in 1938, but evolved into a classic American sports company with not only its baseball cards, but football, hockey, entertainment and pop culture cards.

The Global Director of E-commerce at Topps, Jeck Heckman, is the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle.

Heckman was excited to talk about the latest project at Topps that has captivated all kinds of fans, many of them who have never collected cards.

Pat Cavanaugh
Sotiris Aggelou

READY Nutrition was founded by former University of Pittsburgh basketball team captain Pat Cavanaugh.

It wasn't long before Cavanaugh turned his cutting-edge sports nutrition company into a force in the competitive market. 

Rich Lisk
Rich Lisk

Rich Lisk, the Executive VP of of the NLL's New York Riptide and GF Sports, has quite a story of success and survival.

Lisk, the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle, talks about how he beccame a sports marketing guru, his love of the Jersey Shore and now Long Island, and how sports helped him deal with "the nightmare" of growing up in an abusive household.

Kevin Williams
Shore Sports Network

Kevin Williams is a legendary sports host who is the Director of the Shore Sports Network and has been covering sports for WOBM in Ocean County for nearly 41 years.  

Williams created the WOBM Christmas Classic, a 32-team boys and girls basketball tournament that's been around for nearly 37 years.  

Kevin is the latest guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle as the former colleagues practiced social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.  Williams and Doyle were the play-by-team at WOBM in the early 1990's.

Ed Cotton
Ed Cotton

Even before Eddie Cotton officiated the Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis fight in 2002 in Memphis, Tennessee, he was legend in Paterson, New Jersey.

Cotton, who served as the first black president of the Paterson City Council, died early this morning at the age of 72.  He had been hospitalized for more than a week after contracting the coronavirus.

Paterson public historian Jimmy Richardson says Cotton was extremely popular in town.

Sean Davis
New York Red Bulls

New York Red Bulls captain and midfielder Sean Davis is one of many professional athletes who had their much anticipated seasons postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.  

The Red Bulls homegrown talent is practicing social distancing and staying in his Jersey City apartment during the shut down prompted by the virus that has created havoc in the sportsworld and everywhere else.

Davis spoke to SportsJam host Doug Doyle about being isolated from his family and his teammates while keeping in shape mentally and physically.

Eric Kussin
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We’re All A Little "Crazy" is a non-profit organization founded by 15-year professional sports executive, Eric Kussin.

Kussin brings together athletes, entertainers and expert practitioners with hopes of changing the global conversation about mental health through advocacy and knowledge. 

Kussin sat down in Manhattan with SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about his message, his family and why he's involved with the screening of the new movie The Way Back starring Ben Affleck.

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